Consider the Ant – Our Ants

One of the things you need to get used to when you live in a warm climate where windows are open most of the time and screens don’t keep all the critters out is bugs. Big bugs and little bugs we have seen them all. No tarantulas yet but we keep hoping (not Tracey). One of the insects we do see every day is ants. There are about 10,000 species of ants in the world and while I am not sure how many Haiti has I am sure most of the species live in and around our house. We have big ants in the garden and little tiny ants running all over the kitchen counter. There are the biting ants and then there are ants that defy logic.

The bible mentions many kinds of animals and does not forget the lowly ant. Proverbs 30:25 says, Ants are creatures of little strength, yet they store up their food in the summer.

I don’t think the writer of this proverb witnessed the ants we saw the other day in our yard.

One evening last week Samuel and a friend found a dead centipede type bug on the driveway. The next morning when we were loading up the truck to take Samuel to school we noticed the centipede carcass had been moved, carried by a feisty group of ants about 5 meters (15 ft) under the truck toward the house. We didn’t think of this again until that evening when Samuel was playing in the carport and heard something drop onto the carport floor. A little later he noticed a group of ants carrying said centipede up a stonewall. We watched as the ants, working together, continued to drag this dead centipede up the wall around corners and over uneven rough spots. And then ….. well you need to watch the video to see what happened next.

So for over 24 hours these ants worked to try to carry this dead centipede up our stonewall. What would possess these ants to do this? I don’t know. I do know that these ants were persistent, focused, goal oriented and from my perspective a little crazy.

Maybe that is what it takes to live and work in a country like Haiti. To gather like-minded people together and try what seems to be the impossible, and when that falls, gather up the pieces and try again.

So consider the ant…..

3 thoughts on “Consider the Ant – Our Ants

  1. I used to memorize proverbs too! It said”. Go to the ant thou sluggard, consider her ways and be wise!” I forgot the text momentarily as to where it is found. You might need your parents to take another suitcase with them and bring ant traps. There are these little bottles I buy that I even use outside on various ant hills. I think it is a combination of boric acid and sugar. Ants are attracted to the sweet and bring that back to the nest. Then the ants and their nests disappear!! It works wonders. Your parents were here yesterday and stated they were coming to see you. It is those small ants. We used to get them everywhere in Nigeria. Then you have naturally those big ants. Do you see huge ant hills ? I bet there are termites too. It is amazing what heat will do and how we cope. Scorpions? We used to get them in our shoes and had to make sure we shook them out. The little scorpions are the most feisty. Yes the joys of living in heat. Your parents have probably told you of the snow we had here. At our house we had to shovel 2 feet of snow that had drifted into our driveway. It seemed endless but just before households of faith, we got through. Today it is melting fast as the temps are above zero today. Ah yes, snow…. Clean, pure, white, soft, cool, fireplace, romantic….. Then you have what you have…heat, hot… Sweat…dust…and yes ants! God bless you all! Lainey Sent from my iPad

  2. Amazing and quite remarkable. Also a fitting analogy for life and ministry in Haiti. How is the language learning coming along?

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