Antlion insect always likes to make holes in dry-land dust and is found to have in it, because she can’t make a narrow hole on hard dry-land. That’s how she likes to find the dust. Her house or pit seems like a top around it. One day, I was taking a rest inside a watchhouse of the farm because of rain. I saw several holes of ant-like insects on the floor. Out of nowhere, I found three red poisonous ants and moved around the holes. One ant was moving around in between the holes. While the two others were moving around the edge of the holes, another one fell into a hole. But fortunately, he climbed up from it and went to the other side. After a while, another ant also fell down in the same hole, but she was careless to run from it. While doing so, an antlion insect came out of the hole and bit on the red poisonous ant’s feet, and dragged her away inside the pit. Perhaps, an ant-like insect killed that ant I guess, because she never came back outside of the pit.
A Lesson for all of Us
There are many tempting holes for Christians in this world today. Stealing, adultery, gossiping, cheating, and many others are not good and we as humans failed and sank inside the pits because of our carelessness. We may sink inside the pit though, but we must try to climb up out of the pit as the first poisonous ant escaped; otherwise, we may never have a chance to escape if Satan came to drag on our feet while in sin. Let us all meditate on one rich man and remember him. He had lived a luxurious life while on earth and never happened to worry about it. A time came, one day he died and was buried inside the deep of the grave where it is full of darkness. He consistently tried to escape himself from his graveyard and could not. He mystified and troubled inside in it (Read Luke 16:19-31).
“If we do not care for ourselves while on earth, then, there is no chance to be saved after death.”
Therefore, let us not like the one poisonous ant that made mistakes. Definitely, as humans, we may fall into sins and we must repent from them. God says, “And if you do not do well, sin is lurking at the door; its desire is for you, but you must master it” (Genesis 4:7). Peter, one of the disciples, denied his master Jesus three times and made sin, but he was forgiven after he repented. He asked Jesus’ forgiveness for his sin and was forgiven (Luke 22:54, 65). King David was involved in adultery with Uriah’s wife Bathsheba, but he genuinely repented from his sin and God forgave him (2 Samuel 12, 13).
We may like the poisonous ant and fall inside the pit, but let us climb up out of the pit. (Ramdel Marak)
God bless us all!
Ramdel Marak wrote this short story entitled “Timatini Gimin” in A·chikni Ripeng, Volume 52. No. 3. Editor: Rev. F.W. Harding; Manager: Rev. A.F. Merrill, Tura. March 1932.