Army Ants and The Church



“Go to the ant, thou sluggard; consider her ways, and be wise: Which, having no guide, overseer, or ruler, Provideth her meat in the summer, and gathereth her food in the harvest.” Proverbs 6:6-7

Earlier today on the BBC site, I read of these army ants, who on seeing there is an obstacle in their advancement, literally fit one of their bodies into the gap, and let the rest of the troops march over him, assuring there to be little hesitation in their journey. God knew we would need this lesson, and He moved on King Solomon, who is largely credited with writing the Proverbs, to write about admirable habits of the ant.

Read this and think. How godlike and gracious is it when we see a need among a large group, and, instead of forging ahead, thinking of our own advancement, our own success, our own image, we instead stop, wedge ourselves into the spot where is the need, and let the army march on–even to the extent of “walking over us”! Certainly this must be true within the church, for it is The Church that matters, and although we know the church to be comprised of individuals, to a man, we must sacrifice for the good of the body of Christ. We must push up others, inquire for their success, make space for them and fill in the gaps.

‘Living plugs’ smooth ant journey

Army ant plugging hole (Scott Powell, University of Bristol)

The ants plug gaps to smooth the trail

A scientific study of the teamwork of army ants has discovered how they are prepared to let their fellow ants walk all over them to get the job done. Scientists from the University of Bristol observed that, when ants were foraging on rough terrain, some of them used their own bodies to plug potholes.

Read it all here.


About Shirley Buxton

Still full of life and ready to be on the move, Shirley at 78 years old feels blessed to have lots of energy and to be full of optimism. She has been married to Jerry for 60 years. They have 4 children, 12 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren...all beautiful and highly intelligent--of course. :)
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7 Responses to Army Ants and The Church

  1. Larry says:

    The ants go marching one by one hurrah! LOL

    Great post!

    Army ants are cool but fire ants I can do without.

  2. writeathome says:

    That is a very interesting article. There are so many great lessons we can learn from the Bible that involve nature. I have found that children enjoy and are especially receptive to these lessons. Thanks for sharing, Sis. Buxton.

    Love you,


  3. Victorino says:

    Bible is a thousands old book, yet it is an eternal power and truth… Great publish.

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    God Bless!

  5. Shirley says:

    Larry, Carol, Victorino and Kevin, thank you for reading and responding here. If this is the first time you’ve visited God Things, welcome. Hope all of you return often.


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