It is always amazing to consider the timelessness of ancient wisdom. Thousands of years ago, a poet king once wrote:
Go to the ant, thou sluggard; consider her ways, and be wise: which having no guide, overseer, or ruler, provideth her meat in the summer, and gathereth her food in the harvest.
The power of this ageless proverb remains relevant. Society today is so consumed with having everything now. Young people carry student loans unable to be repaid. Families choose stress over purposeful living with mortgages beyond their budget. It appears success is judged by possessions instead of peace.
Most ants build a nest of some sort and store their hard-gathered food in that nest. The food is gathered in the harvest after working all summer long.
Have you considered that most ants live for only a few months?
The season of the ant is a type of the season of human life. Your winter season will be the retirement years when you are physically unable to “gather.” The harvest season stands for your working years. The “reaping” for retirement is possible because of your summer work. That is why the same poet surmised:
The soul of the sluggard desireth, and hath nothing: but the soul of the diligent shall be made fat.
You don’t reap a retirement by accident!
The ant teaches you that today you are preparing for your future. Part of that preparation is passing on your knowledge to those in the spring of their life. Your children need to be taught by word and example how to prepare for future.
Don’t live for the moment—live in it for the morrow. Balance tomorrow’s evils by putting your inner growth first. As the great Master taught:
Seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.
By concentrating on what is truly lasting today, you will reap protection, provision, and comfort at life’s end and into eternity.
What grand lessons from such a lowly insect!