Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Lessons from the ants

Proverbs 6:6 says that wisdom can be gained by studying ants. Ants? yes. What could insignificant insects teach sophisticated human beings? 

Place a single fire ant in water and it would probably die; pour thousands of fire ants in water and they form a water repellent floating raft that allows them to survive for days.  
A team of researchers at Georgia Tech has established that fire ants bind together to create a water-tight raft. This research could have application to the construction of man-made flotation devices.

The video below proves once again that just as the ants cannot survive the challenges of nature alone, human beings cannot survive the challenges of life alone. What a wonderful rationale for the church in our lives. At its best, the church, bound together in the love of God and the power of the Holy Spirit, also forms a temptation-repellent, or despair-repellent raft that helps us all to overcome this world, the flesh and the devil. 

Let us recommit ourselves to being in community with each other and with the Lord. How are you  linked to your church? How does your community bind itself to you and help you stay afloat? Let me know what you think!   

application to the 

construction of man-made flotation devices.