Proverbs 6:6-8 “Go to the ant, you sluggard; 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.”
When you think about what that proverb says about ants it can be easy to see that the ant is constantly working in preparation for something coming up.
But when you really sit down and contemplate the implications of the work of the ant, you get to see the “psychology of the ant” strikingly plain. For us, if we were to gather food for the upcoming situation, we have a supermarket to go to – we know exactly where to get our food.
The ant on the other hand has to be willing “to search theirs out”. The entire world is their playground. And for the those ants that are looking they constantly fail. They end up, sometimes, in closets, in cars, in bags and on animals but the thing that stands out about them is that they never stop searching.
And every “failed spot” they searched isn’t a true failure, it’s experience. When they do find the jackpot grocery store you can bet your last dollar that they won’t go traveling to the places where they knew the food wasn’t. Experience gives them that information.
Experience calls those who don’t have her to pursue her but only the willing respond. And if you do respond, it is within there that you find wisdom and skill. It is those two, wisdom and skill, that prepares you for future events.
Are you willing follow the lesson of the ants?
1) Know what you want
2) Be willing to search for it
3) Be persistent in the face of failure