I parked my chair outside in the morning shade to enjoy the light breeze. Morning birds were serenading, and the summer flowers were in full bloom around me. I had my Bible, and my journal, and my cup of coffee, and I was set. Or so I thought.
I did not plant myself near an ant bed; I know how insidious they are. Nor did I attempt to disturb any creature. I was just seeking a few minutes of quiet under the summer blue sky.
But the ants found me. One crawled right across Ephesians. When I flicked him off, another crept onto my arm. Soon they were arriving with such frequency that I could not concentrate on the reading. I went inside, defeated by the ants.
Those ants had a lesson for me.
Unlike David, I don’t fight many giants. Ants, though, often challenge and threaten to defeat me.
Ants – the little irritations and inconveniences that set my mind on me rather than on God.
Ants – the attitudes of self-reliance and apathy that like to attach themselves to my heart.
Ants – hurts and unforgiveness that run right across my soul when I am trying to love and serve God.
Ants – busy distractions that dim my vision and clutter my mind.
Ants – the insidious worries that attack my faith and peace.
Ants. I don’t seek them out, but they find me. Every. Day.
I don’t have a spray that will chase the ants away from my heart and life, but God has given me His encouragement in His word. When I focus there, the ants have a tendency to disappear.
Here are a few of my ant chasers. Perhaps you have some of your own.
Hebrews 12:3 For consider him that endured such contradiction of sinners against himself, lest ye be wearied and faint in your minds.
Ephesians 4: 31 Let all bitterness, and wrath, and anger, and clamor, and evil speaking, be put away from you, with all malice:32 And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ’s sake hath forgiven you.
Philippians 4:6 Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. 7 And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.
Colossians 3:1 If ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God. 2 Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth.
I Peter 5: 6 Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time: 7 Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you.
I John 1: 9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
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