Photographs from Southwest Texas #501- learning the way of the ant that carries a heavy load.


I found this red ant on our back driveway. There was a several of them carting home their booty of cat chow. Each one stumbled and wobbled  the 50 yards they had to go to get to the mound. Much more labor than I’ve done in a while.

King Soloman had some wise words from observing the ant.

“Take a lesson from the ants, you lazybones. Learn from their ways and become wise!” Proverbs 6:6 ESV

A majority of the bible versions make use of a different pronoun. Most interpretations  have it worded as “consider HER ways, and be wise.” It seems that  the more recent renderings have  followed the trend to de-gender our world. I don’t know if that is necessarily a wise thing.

King Solomon certainly had plenty of opportunities to observe the female. He had close to a “bed” (pardon the pun) of them within his own home. According to the Bible, Solomon had 700 wives and 300 concubines. I only have two women in my life, my wife Susan and my mother in-law Melva. Between the two of them, I most assuredly have become a wiser man from observing their ways. I can only imagine how wise one might be from watching a herd of them. Alas, this sluggard would get an even greater lesson from Susan if she caught me “observing” that many women.

Observe and learn from all that you encounter. ††† en theos ††† jlawrence

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