The Season of the Ant

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 (Proverbs 6:6-8).

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?

macro photo of five orange ants
Ants teach us how to prioritise our lives.

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 soul of the sluggard desireth, and hath nothing; but the soul of the diligent shall be made fat (Proverbs 13:4). You do not 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. Children need to be taught by word and example how to prepare for their future.

Don’t live for the momentlive in it for the morrow.

Balance tomorrow’s evils by putting God first. But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you (Matthew 6:33).

By trusting in God today, you will reap His protection, provision and comfort at life’s end and into eternity.

What grand lessons from such a lowly insect!

Author: A Sojourner's Diary

Dr Timothy Rose is a long-term student of ancient writings seeking practical wisdom for the life journey under the sun.

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