My kids and I stopped swimming and got out of the pool because something interesting caught our eye and we investigate such interesting things in nature. Well, we saw a large wasp being unable to get away being attacked by a large number of ants. It was incredible. These tiny ants, probably about 1/20th the size of this wasp were working together to prevent this large flying wasp from leaving the ground. They were attacking together and beat down and killed that giant as we watched. It was incredible. And I thought, the power of the ant is not his size, obviously. Yes, they are individually strongish when considering thier size but not strong enough to compare with a wasp normally. So, how could this happen? The strength of a tiny ant taking down a giant is numbers and teamwork. Ants work together and there are a lot of them doing it. How do cities develop? Lots of people working together. How are corrupt governments overthrown? Lots of people working together. How do bullies get defeated? Lots of people working together. The giants are brought down by teamwork among lots of people for the good of the people. One other note: Ants are not hotheads or selfish or narcissistic. They serve the colony. Our early forefathers were like that, many people working together to benefit everyone. They benefitted too of course because when everyone is pitching in and working together for everyone else, there are always opportunities to rise up and prosper, as long as the colony isn’t harmed by it in any way. So, we could learn a lot from the ants.
The absolute best people in the world to talk to are people with the highest caliber of character, especially if they have many years under their belts. They have been to the circus and seen the strings and still managed to navigate life successfully on the narrow way of love and not fall flat under the weight. These amazing people are excellent examples and sounding boards for us as we attempt the same. A wise person seeks the council of the wiser. When we forget there are great Godly men and women who have been where we are now but successfully navigated, we are missing something. To learn from them, our spiritual forefathers as it were, is to seriously run after God’s wisdom and understanding. And wisdom is sorely needed in this time of life. There are obstacles everywhere, idols under every green tree, attacks in every dark corner. Yet we cling to God’s light as our strength and His wisdom to show us how to use His gifts and His light best. When we humbly seek counsel from experienced and mature fathers and mothers in the faith, we connect the dots. We also honor them and build ourselves up with their words and stories. To be able to uplift someone else as well as ourselves in of itself is an enormous blessing. 🙂