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Ants and Elephants


  • Ants and Elephants

    Here's a question to ponder: “Can you think of anyone you know that has been bitten by an elephant?” Yep, you read it correctly, an elephant!

    You know, I can’t think of a single person I know that has! Now, if I were a betting man, I’d wager that you can’t think of anyone who has been bitten by an elephant either.

    Lots of reasons for this, I guess…But I’ll bet that the major reason is: Elephants are BIG! Kind of like mountains with legs attached.

    I mean, even if you lived in an area that had a lot of elephants, you probably still wouldn’t know of a single person that had been bitten by one…Being that they’re so awfully large, if you saw one coming you’d get out of it’s way because you'd know that we are no match in terms of size and strength to the average elephant.

    Speaking for myself, I’d be setting some kind of land-speed-record getting out of its way! ("Feet, don't fail me now!!!")

    Now here's another question for you: “Do you know of anyone who has been bitten by…an ant?” Interesting, isn’t it?

    We really don’t pay much attention to the ant. Let’s face it: Ants are small, almost inconsequential little critters…we ignore them for the most part. We are so much bigger than the ant that we consider them at most a minor annoyance. After all, who is afraid of an ant?

    That is until one day we find ourselves standing in the middle of a nest of fire ants! It is then, while we’re running full speed for the garden hose while simultaneously tearing off our pants and hopping from one leg to the other, slapping our legs and generally acting like a maniac on Jolt cola…That it occurs to us that maybe we should have paid just a little more attention to the ants! Later, as we’re slathering Benadryl on all the bumpy, itchy, burning bite-marks (and yes…I know that technically they sting…but why ruin a perfectly good analogy?) we KNOW without a doubt that we should have been watching out for those ants in the first place!

    It is amazing to think, that the same thing occurs too many times to too many Christians in their spiritual and prayer lives!

    We have no hesitation about giving the big problems to God (because we know we can’t handle them), but it seems that we don’t want to “bug” God (pun intended) with the “little” problems. It is almost like we’re saying: “Lord, I know You’re too busy running things to worry about this little problem, so I’m not going to ‘bother’ You with it…I’ll handle it myself.”

    Time to get out the spiritual Benadryl, 'cause the bumps…”they are a coming”.

    The Bible though, tells us:

    “Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God ” (Phil 4:6 NKJV)


    “Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you in due time, casting all your care upon Him, for He cares for you.” (1 Peter 5:6-7 NKJV)

    Now last time I looked, "everything" meant...EVERYTHING; and "all" means "ALL"! Isn't it wonderful to know that God wants to help us with the "Ants" as well as the "Elephants" in our lives?

    Don't get me wrong...God will not always take away every problem...He won't always move every mountain, mole-hill, or ant's nest...What He will do is to give us grace to deal with any problem and the strength to overcome the things we all face in our lives, whether they are "big" or "small" in nature...if we'll let Him.

    The Apostle Paul understood this. He had a physical problem, and when this great man of faith prayed that the Lord would remove it from him, the Lord answered and said:"My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness". Of course we know that Paul went on to become the greatest missionary the world has ever known.

    You see, when we refuse to give God our "ants" as well as our "elephants", we are in essence telling God that we don't need Him...that we can handle it ourselves. That sure can be dangerous thing for a Christian! Seeking God's wisdom, strength, and grace is something that God desires we do not part of the time; but rather all of the time.

    Perhaps then we should get in the habit of going to Him with the small things as well as the big things... After all, that's what He wants us to do!

    • jayne
      jayne commented
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      Woo Hoo!! Love it!

      It packed a whallop!

    • blazearmstrong
      blazearmstrong commented
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      That was excellent! I love the elephant-ant analogy. It's true. There is no problem too big or too small for God.

    • PraiseChrist
      PraiseChrist commented
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      I'm confused. Sharks are as big as elephants and bite people, and grubs are as small as ants and don't bite? Why do we Christians keep on insisting on using these dumb analogies? They simply arent intellectually convincing. However they are very powerful tools (like parables) for people with little understanding.

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