Nature: Wisdom from the ant

By DELLA NEWKIRK
Posted 5/20/22

According to King Solomon, ants are worthy of observing and imitating. These little amazing, wise creatures get ready for winter by storing their food supply in the summertime. Let’s do that, …

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According to King Solomon, ants are worthy of observing and imitating. These little amazing, wise creatures get ready for winter by storing their food supply in the summertime. Let’s do that, too.

Hey, if we want to have some delicious, fresh tomatoes for sandwiches, a salad, homemade spaghetti sauce or salsa, let’s go for a great harvest, pulling out pots and planters for convenience (if necessary).

Yes, create a garden plot with appropriate soil cultivation and nutrient levels. Plant those peppers, green beans, cucumbers, tomatoes, peas, squash, watermelon, kale, onions and lettuce. With patience, we will soon harvest and enjoy. Just a wonderful variety of produce and an abundance to share!

Contextually, in Proverbs 6, King Solomon essentially rebukes lazy ones and instructs them to watch ants to learn wisdom about hard work. King Solomon exhorts us to live wisely as ants, great harvesters. They store up food during the summer — laboring hard during the summer. When the winter comes, they are taken care of. Well, let’s store up, too. Let’s do that. This spring and summer, prepare for the winter.

“Go to the ant, thou sluggard; consider her ways, and be wise: Which having no guide, overseer, or ruler, provides her meat in the summer, and gathers her food in the harvest. How long wilt thou sleep, O sluggard? When wilt thou arise out of thy sleep (Proverbs 6:6-9)?”

Also, ants are not afraid of problems bigger than themselves, for it is known that they can lift a weight many times their own.

As my sincere pitch for exciting interests in gardening, I think that it is a simple way to get more fresh fruits and vegetables into your diet. You will likely appreciate them even more, because you grew them, and you can save on that budget.

Additionally, gardening is exercise or physical activity in the beauty of nature. With the fresh air and sunshine, gardening can be a mood booster, stress reducer and relaxation (www.thenationshealth.org).

Gardening is a great, wise activity, but don’t make it a chore; make it a hobby.

Good old-fashioned advice: As stated, work hard in silence, and success will make the noise.

Prayer: God Almighty, You are the One from whom all blessings flow. We appreciate the beauty of work, and we also embrace opportunities to work for Your kingdom, because we are living in dark and evil days (Ephesians 5:15-16). We are available. In the name of Jesus, Amen.

Dr. Della Marie Woods Newkirk is an educator and native of Lillington. She can be reached at newkirkdella@gmail.com.

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