Let’s check out ants!
A couple of things come to mind as we study the fascinating behavior patterns of these tiny little creatures: one is collaboration, the other is separation.
- Collaboration: It’s astonishing to see how millions of ants can work together so seamlessly. The successful team work is based on its communication skills. Ants communicate with each other using chemical signals, called pheromones. Like other insects, ants perceive smells with their long, thin, and mobile antennae. Since most ants live on the ground, they use the soil surface to leave pheromone trails behind that can be followed by other ants. Ever seen a long ant trail going all the way to your kitchen counter? One smart ant detected a food source in your kitchen and successfully communicated that to the gang.
- Separation: Ants stay together to support their colony, however, to grow beyond one colony some ants must find new territory. Here is where wings come in handy! Only males and queens have wings, so it’s their responsibility to spread its kind, and for that very reason they have to desert their home base when the time arrives.
While collaboration and separation seem mutually exclusive, they do go hand in hand. For obvious reasons we need each other – and yet, there will also be times in our life when we have to separate. Separation is necessary to branch out and embark on the good things God has planned for each of us individually a long time ago.
You may have discovered that neither collaboration nor separation is an easy thing to do. It can be very difficult to stick together and get on the same page. In order to be a successful team, we have to invest a lot of time improving our social skills, learning to respect each other, working things out in crisis situations, and the list goes on and on. On the other hand, we all know how tough it can be to leave what we know behind. Leaving our childhood home marks the beginning of a new season, but this will not be the last time we transition into a new season of our lives. Changes occur all the time. Nothing really stays the same. It is important to understand these changes when they are happening. When God gives us wings to fly, let’s not dig our heels in the ground. It’s time to move on. Most importantly, God has given each of us something specific to do, and that might entail taking a big risk.
Be encouraged to follow God’s directions when He beckons you. Don’t be shy – spread your wings and fly! Embrace the change, and let your little light shine in the world. And don’t forget your friends along the way.
“For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago.” (Ephesians 2:10)