Monday, October 15, 2018

Lessons From An Ant Farm

By: Joanne Viola

Going to Grandparents Day at the school of my granddaughters is always been a delightful time as the girls show off their classrooms, their teachers, their friends, and their work.

This year proved to be no different except in one way.

Jocelyn showed me the class "ant farm".

She proudly explained how they tunneled, kept busy, who the leaders were, and then the area where the "cemetery" ones were to be found.

The surprise came when left with my thoughts and the Scripture came to mind:
"Take a lesson from the ants, you lazybones. Learn from their ways and become wise! Though they have no prince or governor or ruler to make them work, they labor hard all summer, gathering food for the winter." 
(Proverbs 6:6-8, NLT)

The ant farm continued to stir my thoughts for several days and with a little “research” I discovered:
  • They work independently. Without someone watching over them, or giving them instruction, they are motivated to work.
  • They plan for the season ahead. They know to watch and plan for the days ahead.
  • They work hard. They make the most of their days, working hard in the current season in order to store up for the next season.
After visiting the first grade classroom, I found myself thinking on this small ant farm and the lessons they were speaking to my heart.

The Lord gave us the ants as a visual, an example by which we can learn and live wisely. May we work diligently as the seasons of life demand, so that we will always have the provisions needed.

Lord, help us to remember the ways of ants,
and may they keep us from becoming lazy.

In His Love,
Joanne Viola
Photo by Vlad Tchompalov on Unsplash


  1. Love it! I believe there is always something to be done. I can't understand people who say they are bored!

  2. Jerralea, I agree with you. And as long as we are drawing breath, God has reason for us to be here. I am still amazed at the lessons the little buggers brought that morning :)

  3. It's not always easy to work independently when it's something I don't enjoy--but I find I enjoy everything more if I actually get the boring stuff done.

    1. I agree, Anita. Getting the task I do not enjoy out of the way, leaves me with something I enjoy. Thank you for joining me here!


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