Yesterday, I had a former student stop by my room and ask if I would read a poem that he wrote. I didn’t get a chance until today, and so we talked about it together after school. In the poem, he likened the human condition to that of ants, describing our challenges and fears from this “insecta” perspective, as they face what appear as overwhelming giants around them.
But he observed how the word “ants” is also caught up in the word “gi-ANTS.” And even these seemingly enormous and towering obstacles among our paths are really nothing more than ants in God’s eyes.
I hung on to this idea tonight and reflected about how ants are social and obedient creatures. When they work from these principles, they can scale any surface, any obstacle. Accomplish any task.
Our culture places great value on the social principle, yet quickly jettisons the idea of obedience to any outside authority.
I know this student currently struggles in his spiritual journey, wrestling against ubiquitously uncomfortable wounds we all have. Shame. Anger. Sadness. Deceit. Fear. We have no choice but to confront our weaknesses and inability to conquer these giants in our own strength.
God be praised that he sent his Son from heaven to eclipse and obliterate any giant or obstacle in our pathways that seeks to destroy us.
“Though youths grow weary and tired,
And vigorous young men stumble badly,
Yet those who wait for the Lord
Will gain new strength;
They will mount up with wings like eagles,
They will run and not get tired,
They will walk and not become weary.”
God is training the eyes of both young and old to see the truth of His vision — particularly because it doesn’t always line up with how we see things from our flesh. But let us wait upon Him and OBEDIENTLY believe Him for His promises. New strength will come. We won’t just scale the mountains with the legs of ants. We will run and we will fly in victory. God be praised!
And get this: ants actually hear through their feet. It’s a good reminder that we hear best from God in our obedience. Not in our fear.