Steve and I went on a walk this weekend. It was fun, it was hard work, it was relaxing, it was cold (at night), and it was beautiful!
As we were walking Friday, we came across an Ant trail. We marveled at how hard they worked. They were single-minded. They knew their task and did their best to carry them out. Steve quoted one of the few verses he remembers from school:
“Go to the ant, O sluggard; consider her ways, and be wise.” Proverbs 6:6
On Saturday as we walked back, we came across the line of Ants again. First of all we were amazed they were still working (definitely not sluggards). We also noticed that one of the lines was different. Some were not moving and there were others moving about quickly. We discussed how they must have been stepped on. We then noticed a single line of Ants, like we did the day before. They continued to work as their fellow Ants “ministered” (took care of) their fallen comrades.
This all made me think of how God created this world. In one of my favorite verses it states: “ For God is not a God of disorder but of peace—as in all the congregations of the Lord’s people.” 1 Corinthians 14:33 Of course Paul is speaking here of how the Church works, but it also shows us a facet of God’s character, so hence how His creation is made. When we look at how God created every living thing, we see order, not chaos. There is no way our solar system, our planets, our planet, our trees, plants, animals, etc….evolved from nothing! It just does not make any sense, period!
Anyone who believes otherwise just does not want to admit that man is not the ultimate authority. We are not supreme. We are not eternal. We do not rule our own destiny! There is a Creator, who has created all things as He seems fit. They work when He is acknowledged, and when His rules are followed. An example we talked about of how man has thought they knew best and “tried” to help creation is anti-bacterial soaps. When you are hiking you need water. You obviously cannot carry all the water you will need for even a couple of days, so you need to get water from lakes or rivers near you. After you collect the water you need to filter it, then put iodine tablets in it, then neutralizing tablets in it. We discussed how back a long time ago, you just drank from the rivers. Also I noted that in other countries the people there are used to the bacteria (built up a resistance), so they don’t get sick from the water, but we who have been uber cautious of germs get sick if we drink the water. Now when we hike instead of just drinking water from a stream, we have to go through a whole process before drinking. (Does that make sense?). We have taken God’s natural resource and, thinking we know better, “fix” the issue, (but not really…..).
So back to the Ant, and our Creator. God has shown me again through His creation (Romans 1:20 “For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature—have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that people are without excuse.”) that He is Sovereign over all things. I can trust him, even when things look like chaos to me, they are not chaos to him.
Look around you at creation. Study it. See how God’s perfect plan is evident even in the smallest thing, then KNOW, KNOW, that He not only exists, but has created with a plan that only He can fully understand and know. But that He has created us to learn more about Him through. He is AMAZING!!
One more Ant verse: “Ants are creatures of little strength, yet they store up their food in the summer” Proverbs 30:25