What the Ants Can Teach Us
Have you ever watched ants? They always seem to be in a hurry, always scurrying about hither and thither. In the book of Proverbs we are told that they "are not strong yet they prepare their meat in the summer." This is
quite true. The inside of an ant heap is much like a miniature town. In it are cleverly constructed tunnels which cross one another. These are all lined with pieces of grass, wood, and even stones, for the ants make good use of all that they find. At the entrances to the tunnels they place pieces of leaves, etc., to keep their "town" warm and dry ; when the weather is warm enough they remove these "shutters" to allow fresh air to enter. They collect corn, chaff, seeds, etc., and carry them to their little storehouses, to which the tunnels lead. They also feed on green flies which they find on rose-trees, by stroking these tiny insects they are able to get from them a sort of honey. All that they can find for food the ants store away in the summer, so that
during winter time they have plenty to eat. Sometimes they will carry to their "town" things larger than their own bodies, in doing this they help one another.
Unlike bees, the ants have several queens in each "flock." The queens lay their eggs and then leave them to be picked up by the "worker" ants, who nurse and tend them, and keep them warm and dry. In time the grubs appear from the eggs, then they have a long sleep, wake up, and very soon begin to help themselves.
What a wonderful insect is the ant! Always at work—no wonder that we read in the Book of Proverbs: "Go to the ant thou sluggard, consider her ways and be wise." I expect that Solomon had often watched this busy little folk. The ants teach us a lesson. They prepare for the future. They believe that although the sun may be shining today, cold and dark days must come; therefore they get ready for the winter.
In the sunshine of our schooldays, let us always remember to prepare for the future, darker and more difficult days will come, and we need to be ready for them. What is more important still, let us trust Jesus while we are young, give all our love to Him who is Love, and by His help store that love in our hearts. When we are old and days are darker, we shall then have the light within—we shall be stored with His love and grace, and be truly able to "Feed on Him."