My zeal wears me out, for my enemies ignore your words. Psalm 119:139
The Psalmist who wrote this verse was excited about God! So excited, in fact, that he apparently wore himself out with service! There were so many enemies of God that kept the Psalmist so busy! Oh that we would be found so faithful!
That reminds me…
I am marveled by ants. I know what you may be thinking, “What an awkward transition and how can anyone make a Biblical illustration with a bunch of ants?” Bear with me. Ants are fascinating.
Several years ago, when we still lived in the house where we raised our boys, if the weather was nice, I would sit on my back patio, drink my coffee, and read my Bible in the morning. For a period of months, I was captivated with a trail of ants that began on one side of my patio, and ended on the other side…a distance of about 30 feet. The ants marched in a straight line, two ants going one direction, two going the opposite direction. They were spaced no more than an ant’s distance apart from each other. All total, there were hundreds of ants on my patio at any given time.
Now, I have to be honest. When I first discovered there were ants on my patio each morning, I was not very excited. I tried spraying them with ant killer. I tried washing them away with the garden hose. I tried stomping on them. I even got creative by trying to place obstacles in their way. (Perhaps you can tell I was starting to have fun with this project.)
My attempt to rid the patio of ants went on for over a week. Guess what? THE ANTS WERE STILL THERE! Oh, they would disappear for a while. I was very good at getting rid of them temporarily. I felt successful every time I tried, but before I knew it, the line of ants was back again…bigger, stronger, more determined than ever. I actually decided I kind of liked those ants. They became my ants!
As I have watched the life of an ant, and spent time in my morning devotion, it occurred to me that just as they are diligent in their labor, so should I be in mine. Just as the Psalmist was diligent in serving God, I should be in my work. He pursued God’s enemies as the ants pursued my patio, as I should pursue God’s call on my life.
If I am called to serve a mighty God, I should serve Him mightily!
Even when I’m distracted.
Even when obstacles get in the way.
Even when the work is harder than I think I can do.
If I am asked to work for a God who is steadfast in His love for me, then I should work for Him steadfastly!
My ants taught me a lot about following God.
What are you learning about God these days?