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Be an Ant

Go to the ant, you lazybones; consider its ways and be wise! It has no commander, no overseer or ruler, yet it stores its provisions in summer and gathers its food at harvest.  Proverbs 6:6-11

Photo courtesy of pixabay.There has to be a plan. I’m one of those people who has to be ready.

I’ve always been someone who prepared way ahead of time for any project, whether it was a weekly meeting or an annual retreat. I would panic if I wasn’t ready beforehand. 

My grandfather was someone who influenced me greatly regarding preparation. He was always well-prepared. He taught Sunday school weekly until just before he died, putting a lot of time and effort into each lesson. He didn’t have prepared material like we do today. Each day he would sit in his big armchair with his Bible on one knee and a black spiral notebook on the other.  I saw him every afternoon handwriting in his notebook and searching the Scriptures. He didn’t wait until Saturday night to study his Sunday morning lesson but worked daily to ready himself for Sunday. And his process for the next week began again on Monday. 

God tells us to prepare ahead of time for His coming. He reminds us in Proverbs to take a lesson from the ants. All these little ants do is work, work, work. They prepare for the future by working all summer storing up food. When winter arrives, they have prepared ahead of time and are ready.

We should be wise and learn from ants. Prepare like them so we will be ready. We know God has a plan for us. A plan for us to prosper, a plan to give us a future and hope. We don’t know when He’s coming back; we just know He is. We should be ready by preparing ahead of time.  

Don’t wait, you lazybones. Get ready now. Be an ant.

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Barbara Duram

Barbara Duram is from East Tennessee. She is a retired Human Resources Assistant and has two adult sons and two grandchildren. Barbara has served in several capacities with the women’s ministries of her church, including women’s’ fellowship chairman, retreat chairmen, Sunday school teacher, pre-school teacher, and church secretary. She started writing devotions for her women’s’ circle several years ago and continues to write as a hobby.