Sunday, July 10, 2016

Storing Up

“Ants are creatures of little strength, yet they store up their food in the summer….” –Proverbs 30:25

On our walks I throw treats—usually little pieces of hot dog—for Lexi to find. This game (called “Find It”) keeps her engaged during the walk. One morning she missed a piece of hot dog that I tossed on the sidewalk. We found it later on our midday walk. It was swarming with ants. Ants are creatures of proverb and fable, an example of industry and cooperation. Although scripture refers to them as “creatures of little strength,” we know that ants can carry ten to fifty times their body weight. What impressed me on this day was their rapid response. That bit of food—a windfall for the ant colony—had been lying there for only a few hours, and they had already mobilized to augment their winter stores. Jesus advises us to store up treasures in heaven (Matthew 6:20), but we aren’t always so quick as the ants to mobilize. If we don’t actually cast our pearls before swine (Matthew 7:6), we let our treasure lie on the path like scattered seed (Matthew 13:4). When we walk with God, we don’t want to miss the treats that God tosses us, like Lexi did. Instead, we should seize it like the ants.

Dear God, Bless me to seize upon the heavenly treasures you offer me and store them up. Amen

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