2016-08-31 - No Trace
I was taking Ms. Barbie out to her yard a few weeks ago, and noticed what looked like a wood spider on the top step of the deck stairs. I thought maybe it was just planning its next move, and then I noticed that wasn’t the case. Upon return up the steps, to take my pup back inside, I then noticed the tiny black ants. There had to be a hundred of them or more swarming around the remains of the spider. A couple hours later, I was outside to close the deck door for the night, and there was absolutely no trace of the spider. One of the benefits of ants is their ability to do such cleanups. Several things came to mind, as I saw what was there, and then later after it was gone.
One thing that I thought about, with the spider’s removal, was how amazing and disturbing it can be, thinking about the ability of ants as they were created. According to pestworldforkids.org an ant can lift twenty times its own body weight. The ants were gathering food and taking it back to their colony nearby. The site further shared that if a second grader had the strength of an ant, they would be able to lift a car. I think that is astounding and a bit scary, especially in reference to how that spider was so quickly removed from our step. Another thing that came to mind is that in such a very short amount of time, due in part to ants working as a soldier team, that spider was dismantled, and there was no trace of it having been on the Earth. When I was a young girl, I had a night when I could not go to sleep. I was thinking about what happens when we die. I didn’t really get the concepts completely, as a grade school girl, but I knew in my heart there has to be more to our existence than just to live and then be gone. It seemed like a lot of effort put into us being here, if that were the way it ended, with no trace left behind.
Fortunately, as a young adult, I learned why my hunch was right. I would like to think that even at a young age, the Holy Spirit was beginning to work in my heart, and as I was able to understand more, God gave me clarity by way of his word and the people he put in my life to further share his truth. And when we leave the flesh, hopefully we do leave some kind of trace of what God put us here to do for Him. We all have specific jobs to do, which are based on the personalities, gifts, and interests God has put in us to meet others in the right places and times along our journey. Even if people can’t always see what impact there is physically, we can leave imprints on their heart about the love of a Savior. And the heart of the matter is the point of it all; leave traces of love. He will give you strength beyond what you think is possible, to complete the mission.
“Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.” (Hebrews 11:1)
All scripture references from King James Version (KJV) unless otherwise noted