We know that in a world gone mad, God’s people are the ones who, rather than tearing each other apart, are to come together and forge the shape of oneness.
And yet, we Christians must confess that we often make it harder than it has to be.
As in way harder!
And so, commissioned with preaching on how God’s people can be united, I prayed:
And what was the first thing that popped into my head following prayer?
Ants. Yes, those tiny creatures who work like mad together in the present with the future always in view.
Then I remembered some of the work of people like David Hu and Paul Foster at the Georgia Institute of Technology regarding fire ants. How that in their study of the remarkable structure of fire ant rafts they found that these tiny creatures live through tumultuous times because they literally come to “stick together.” Every ant is involved; no exceptions. No kicking each other in the tail. No eye-gouging. No biting each other’s head off. Rather, with their individual diversity they simultaneously exercise profound flexibility and oneness of purpose in their relationships with each other.
And it was then our Lord’s words came to my mind:
That is the how of unity, isn’t it?!
It’s simple to say, but often a hard way. And so I prayed once more: