I left the pretzels out.
If you did not know already, there is an everyday transitive property [ “if a=b and b=c, then a=c”]
“If I leave food out, ants will detect them.
If ants detect food, they find it.
If I leave food out, ants will invade my home and attack the food so conveniently set out for them.”
And yet, it’s amazing how I can
be lazy conveniently “forget.” How can I get annoyed when it was, in its entirety, an event I could have prevented with an airtight bag?
What is even more incredible is that God used even the seemingly random event to remind me of a much-needed lesson that (hopefully) remains with me for a long time.
After said incident, I dawdled on my computer. I watched random videos. I listened to music. I devoured random-not-useful articles, & the like. Every few minutes, some opportunistic ant crept up through the crevices, hoping to get their appendages on the pretzels I had already thrown away.
I squished them.
But they would not give up!
Over and over, a lone soldier or a trio would climb up and search for that elusive pile of food.
They all suffered the same demise.
It wasn’t until hours later that I realized how… resolute these ants were! Here I was, convicted of having let an hour slip through my fingers because of these industrious ants.
Proverbs 6:6-11 came to mind:
6 Go to the ant, O sluggard,
Observe her ways and be wise,
Officer or ruler,
8 Prepares her food in the summer
And gathers her provision in the harvest.
When will you arise from your sleep?
A little folding of the hands to rest”–
11 Your poverty will come in like a vagabond
And your need like an armed man.