Sunday Stillness – Are you working or dreaming? – An Ant Lesson

Sunday Stillness – Are you working or dreaming? – An Ant Lesson

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Watercolour painting by Janis cox

Or maybe it should be are you dreaming of working? This past month as I worked through Proverbs I read one little passage – Proverbs 30-24-38, that took my attention.

Today I will look at Proverbs 30:24-25

Four things on earth are small,
    yet they are extremely wise:
 Ants are creatures of little strength,
    yet they store up their food in the summer;

When reading about Proverbs I learned that most are attributed to Solomon. However this one it says: The sayings of Agur son of Jakeh – an oracle. We don’t know the background of Agur but it can be assumed he was a wise man or prophet.

So small things can be very wise. I think it interesting that today I am writing about the ant – as my kitchen has been invaded by the little beasts. AGAIN. Same as last year. It took us 6 weeks to finally get rid of them. I do hope it is faster this time. YUCK.

But they are industrious little things. Set on task. Going somewhere. Nothing stops them (except Fantastic). And obviously they stored up enough food to last the winter and come back to bother me this spring.

Check out another reference to ants.

Proverbs 6:6-8

Go to the ant, you sluggard;
    consider its ways and be wise!
 It has no commander,
    no overseer or ruler,
yet it stores its provisions in summer
    and gathers its food at harvest.

I noticed it said: Hard worker. I think that is extremely important in this life. To work as hard as we can. Certainly to work at learning as much about God and our relationship as we can.

And Proverbs 28:19 talks about the importance of hard work. Those who just dream about things and don’t put them into practice are wasting  precious time.

Those who work their land will have abundant food,
    but those who chase fantasies will have their fill of poverty.

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The picture today comes from one of the sketches I did for Adam’s Animals by Kimberley Payne – a great resource for homeschoolers and Sunday School teachers. I decided to sketch it again and try my watercolours.

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Janis is the author of the award winning children’s book, Tadeo Turtle, published by Word Alive Press. Available in Kindle Format, in bookstores, online and from her website. Curriculum available upon request.

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28 thoughts on “Sunday Stillness – Are you working or dreaming? – An Ant Lesson

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  6. Ann

    I’m not a fan of ants, either! We have fire ants around our house and they can really bite!! But, they are great little workers. I think I read somewhere that they can carry 5,000 times their body weight!! I’d like to see someone try doing that!! 🙂 Thanks for sharing for hosting your link-up!

    Reply
    1. JanisCox Post author

      Ann,
      Oh I don’t like fire ants – they hurt. We have an ant like that in Arizona. Tiniest ant with the biggest bite. Fascinating though – aren’t they?
      Blessings,
      Janis

      Reply
  7. Laurie Collett

    Wonderful watercolor & book cover! I love the way God uses animals to illustrate desirable traits and other important lessons. Linked up with you at Living Proverbs 31. Thanks for hosting & God bless!

    Reply
    1. JanisCox Post author

      Laurie,
      I can’t take credit for the book cover. I did all the sketches inside the book. I love the way that God leads me to see His truth through His Word – even through animals.
      Blessings,
      Janis

      Reply
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  9. patsy

    Hi Janis! Thanks for the invite! We too have a lot of ants- they are busy indeed! We need to work hard to know God more, but we also have to rest in Him! God bless you! patsy

    Reply
    1. JanisCox Post author

      Patsy,
      Great to have you here and great to see your artwork again. Just love it. Yes I agree we need to work to know God better.
      Blessings,
      Janis

      Reply
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  12. Mary Dolan Flaherty

    I love your watercolors (or as you would type, watercolours?). May the Holy Spirit continue to infuse His creativity in you for all your endeavors. Thanks for hosting, Janis…and I hope it doesn’t take 6 weeks to get rid of this year’s beastly ants!

    Reply
    1. JanisCox Post author

      Mary,
      Yes Canadian English does have “u” in places that you don’t. 🙂

      Thank you for loving my watercolours. It is hard to put out creative work in front of others, but I am getting braver. And so far we are winning the battle with the ants. Hopefully this year will be a shorter battle.
      Blessings,
      Janis

      Reply
  13. Michele Morin

    Janis, this brings back a fond memory of my little boys saying, “Go to the ant, thou sluggard!” when someone was being lazy . . . They loved God’s six-legged metaphor for industrious perseverance, and, thanks be to God, are all hard workers today. Isn’t God good to give us such picturesque illustrations? Thanks for hosting us today!

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    1. JanisCox Post author

      Michele,
      I love hosting Sunday Stillness as I get to meet such wonderful people. And I am finding more and more pictures in the Word. I like to sketch them in my journal.
      Blessings,
      Janis

      Reply
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  15. Being Woven

    Praising God that you have been blessed to illustrate this book.
    I want to work at walking closer and closer to the Lord.
    Caring through Christ, ~ linda

    Reply
    1. JanisCox Post author

      Linda,
      I had fun researching the animals to check out pictures for Kimberley’s book. And I too want my walk closer and closer.
      Blessings,
      Janis

      Reply
    1. JanisCox Post author

      Yes Jason I am learning that. I like taking my camera and getting close-up shots. Some really amazing creatures and plants. Open the eyes of my heart – and my head.
      Blessings,
      Janis

      Reply

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