I started sharing this as a Facebook post, but realized how long it was getting. Then I remembered a dear friend who has recently started blogging again, and feeling inspired, I opened up the blog I haven’t touched in a couple of years. So much has happened in that time, and though I can write fairly well, I speak better through my artwork. I’ll post more art later. Today I’ll start with just a few things on my mind amidst the happenings of life. If you’re reading this, thanks for sharing life with me.
No, that isn’t a tan line. Yes, that’s just dirt. So very gross after mowing!
My favorite photo though, is of the ants. I’ve always been fascinated by ants. They never stop working, lift way more than their own weight and often have to rebuild after every storm. Even King Solomon knew their importance:
“Ants are creatures of little strength, yet they store up their food in the summer;”-Proverbs 30:25
“Go to the ant, you sluggard; consider its ways and be wise!”
In addition, the ants reminded me of endurance. They endured the trials they faced in dragging that bug back to their nest, just like I endured the trials (heat, pain, breathing, bad joints) of doing yard work. Despite being quite sore the day after, I love working in the yard. I feel closer to God in his creation, and it’s a great prayer and worship time. We’re called to endurance and perseverance as followers of Christ. Paul wrote, several times, to endure under trials, persecutions, and hardships, as did a few other NT writers.
“We can rejoice, too, when we run into problems and trials, for we know that they help us develop endurance. And endurance develops strength of character, and character strengthens our confident hope of salvation. And this hope will not lead to disappointment. For we know how dearly God loves us, because he has given us the Holy Spirit to fill our hearts with his love.” -Romans 5:3-5
“We put no stumbling block in anyone’s path, so that our ministry will not be discredited. Rather, as servants of God we commend ourselves in every way: in great endurance; in troubles, hardships and distresses; in beatings, imprisonments and riots; in hard work, sleepless nights and hunger; in purity, understanding, patience and kindness; in the Holy Spirit and in sincere love;” -2 Corinthians 6:3-6
“Consider him who endured such opposition from sinners, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart…..Endure hardship as discipline; God is treating you as his children. For what children are not disciplined by their father?” -Hebrews 12:3,7
“Blessed is the one who perseveres under trial because, having stood the test, that person will receive the crown of life that the Lord has promised to those who love him.” -James 1:12