Marriage Lessons From an Ant
Let me preface by saying I’m no expert. I can, however, claim to have learned a thing or two over the years. The fact of the matter is this - it is a continual education.
My subject for today is on marriage.
The subject of Sunday’s sermon was about ants. And in consistent unfailing and faithful fashion, I knew my Sweet Lord was weaving this “ant thing” into what was already fresh on my mind. He is the Master Weaver of all things lovely into my heart and does so in the most perfect way. My husband and I were nearing the end of our weekend that consisted of a “work/date” day, sharing in a sweet couple’s wedding and the celebration of our own wedding anniversary.
Weddings are such a lovely thing, aren’t they? The couple is radiant with love. It oozes from every part of them. The vows and commitment made during the ceremony are so very sacred. It always strikes me as such an honor to share such intimate moments with people you love and care so much about. To be a part of something so precious. Especially when God is at the center of it all.
If you’re married, have you ever been asked what one piece of advice you would give to a newlywed couple? Is it advice that you would take for yourself? I suppose it would be hard to just narrow it to one. Up until Sunday’s sermon, I did have an answer. In fact, I’ve had a couple different answers over the years, but I now have a new one. This is what I would now say in answer to the question of what one piece of marriage advice I’d give to a newlywed couple: Be an ant. Three simple words.
Not what you’d expect someone to say. I mean the ant is so tiny. We don’t even notice them most of the time. They’re seemingly very insignificant in the whole scheme of things. Seriously, they are easily squished! We do everything we can to get them out of our homes. Away from our picnics. After learning more about them this past Sunday, I’ve decided if I want my marriage to have a mascot, it would be the ant. You can picture this, can’t you? Me too, so I doodled it out for a coloring page! Get it here or if you've already opted in here.
Let me share with you my version of the points that were given to us from our pastor on Sunday. And my two cents worth 😊
Marriage Lessons from an Ant.
Your marriage is a team.
The ant is a worker.
Are you lazy in your marriage? Do you take your spouse for granted? Your marriage is suppose to be a team. Look to your mascot, the ant. They don’t go at this whole hill building thing alone. They don’t collect food alone. We see them in a long line. Sometimes, it takes multiple ants to move something because it’s too large for just one. And keep in mind, an ant can carry fifty times their own body weight! They are not afraid of work and don’t shy away from it. Can you imagine the teamwork that goes into all these ants trying to carry the same load and move in the same direction with the same goal of getting the job done?
@@This tells me the ant is actively driven and determined to be intentional. Is this your attitude toward your marriage?@@
Go to the ant, you slacker! Observe its ways and become wise. Proverbs 6:6
Your marriage is a gift from God and should be your first mission.
The ant is wise.
They are soldiers. Ants are farmers. They’re constantly alert to any dangers to their colonies. Soldiers are ready to fight for and protect their own. Farmers work their land and supply for the future. In certain ant species, the soldier ants have modified heads, shaped to match the nest entrance. They block access to the nest by sitting just inside the entrance, with their heads facing out like a cork in a bottle. When a worker ant returns to the nest, it will touch the soldier ant's head to let the guard know it belongs to the colony. Scientists estimate there are at least 1.5 million ants on the planet for every human being. Whoa! That’s quite the army of wise farmers, eh? *
Four things on earth are small, yet they are extremely wise: the ants are not a strong people, yet they store up their food in the summer. Proverbs 30:24-25
The Bible has much to say about marriage. I’m not here to be the expert or even to exhaust all that it says about this precious establishment, but I would like to challenge you to consider the ant as your mascot for your marriage.
Let me share with you what my answer to that one piece of advice I’d give to a newlywed couple about marriage. And while I’m not abandoning these precious nuggets of truth. I have learned to add to what I’ve experienced and to build upon them. As I said it’s been a couple of different things over the years.
The first was to be a student of your spouse. Learn them. Know them. Accept them. This is a never-ending process. The second is this - date your spouse. It’s not been all that long ago we shared with some people that we had been on a date recently and their response was, “why?” This person couldn’t understand why we had gone on a date when we were already married. Date your spouse, you won’t regret a second of it.
I’m curious, what would your answer be to my question about what you’d say to a newlywed couple if you could only give them one piece of advice about marriage?
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