Time for contemplation

I love time for contemplation, a lot of people don’t find the time in their busy lifestyles to achieve that.

So here is a story for those who wish to contemplate.

One Sunday morning a person sat on the balcony having coffee and something caught their eye, it was a tiny ant.

This ant was struggling with a large leaf, as the ant made its way across the patio it faced numerous obstacles.

At one point the ant came across a crack in the floor, so it stopped weighed up its options, then placed the leaf across the crack walked over the leaf to get to the other side and then grasped the leaf picked it up and went on its way.

The person was captivated by the cleverness of the ant, one of the marvels of this earth.

Here was a tiny creature lacking in size yet equipped with a brain to analyse, contemplate, reason, explore, discover and overcome.

In a while the ant found its home, its underground dwelling.

How could that ant take such a huge leaf into that tiny hole, one thought?

This obstacle revealed the shortcomings to the person watching.

Through all the struggles and obstacles that the ant endured had culminated to this point, the hole into which the leaf needed to be was too small.

It simply couldn’t be done.

So the tiny creature, after all the painstaking and hard work and exercising great skills, overcoming all the difficulties along the way, just left the large leaf and went home empty handed.

The ant had not thought about the end before it began its challenging journey and in the end the large leaf was nothing more than a burden to it.

How many of us carry burdens that weigh us down?

You know, there is a passage in the Bible that gives us insight to help us dealing with burdens, it is a quote from Jesus: “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.”

Something to contemplate.

Cheers and Blessings.

Pastor Gary Ferguson,

Ceduna Uniting Church

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