There is so much that we can learn from examples of other living creatures. So is the case with four little things that the Bible states are exceedingly wise in the book of Proverbs. Although they are small in size, that didn’t stop them from achieving their goals. Each one, in its own unique way, teaches us valuable lessons that will help us on our journey. I would like to share some of the lessons I have learned from what I called Little Can Doers from Proverbs 30:24-28. (KJV)
There be four things which are little upon the earth, but they are exceeding wise: Proverbs 30:24
Proverbs 30:25 The ants are a people not strong, yet they prepare their meat in the summer.
What I learned from this little can doer is that nothing just happens. She (the ant) plans for her future and for what’s to come. She knows if she wants to have food when winter comes, she must prepare for it today. Sometimes I would wait till winter was here only to discover that I should have made preparations before it came. I realize now that if I fail to plan, I plan to fail.
Proverbs 30:26 The conies are but a feeble folk, yet make they their houses in the rocks.
These little can doers taught me about the importance of building on a solid foundation (the rocks). The rocks are also a safe haven where they can find safety from predators and shelter from life’s storms. We also have a solid foundation, the word of God and when we build on it, we too are able to stand against the storms of life.
Proverbs 30:27 The locusts have no king, yet they go forth all of them by bands (gathered together).
The lesson I learned from these little can doers is the importance of unity and teamwork. I remember many times trying to do things by myself. I didn’t think I needed help so I would not ask for it. I since discovered that no man is an island and we all need each other to help us alone the way. And we can do more together than we can ever do apart.
Proverbs 30:28 The spider takes hold with her hands, and is in the kings’ palaces.
Obviously, spiders do not have hands but she uses her own ability to reach higher levels. There are certain gifts and talents that we have been given. The lesson I learned from the spider is to hold on and to not give up but most of all, to persevere and use what you have. As a spider she has the ability to use her web to pull herself up. No wonder she’s in the kings’ palace! We all have something in our “own hands” but the question is, are we using it?
Each one of these little can doers could have thought, I am too little to accomplish anything or they could have sat and did nothing. No, they are all can doers because they discovered what they could do and did it. We don’t have to do everything, but we should DO SOMETHING with what we know. I challenge you to think about that because the greatest lesson I learned from these four little can doers is that we are Can Doers too.
In Pursuit of Purpose,