A little ant went out one day to bring back some food for its colony. It found a, relatively speaking, huge crumb. There was no one around to help her so, putting up a heroic struggle, she slowly dragged it back to the colony. Traveling through a sidewalk, she soon came upon a crack in the pavement. To her, it was an enormous abyss. Sensing it would be impossible for her to carry her giant burden across, she started muttering about her unfortunate circumstance and about being all alone. She let go of her burden in disgust and to her surprise, it landed directly over the crack in the cement. She walked upon it to the opposite side, picked it up again, and then safely arrived at her destination.
Life is like that sometimes. We all find ourselves in situations where we feel all alone and that nobody has a burden bigger than the one we’re carrying. The Bible says otherwise, and one verse alone has a complete and detailed explanation of that issue. This is the New Living Translation version of 1 Corinthians 10:13: But remember that the temptations that come into your life are no different from what others experience. And God is faithful. He will keep the temptation from becoming so strong that you can't stand up against it. When you are tempted, he will show you a way out so that you will not give in to it.
This is what happened with the little ant in our illustration and this is what will happen in our lives too. Though our burdens may seem too heavy to bear at times, there are many others who are carrying greater ones. Yet, these things are common, and though it may seem that way, our burden is not unique. Like many others, I have come to learn by personal experience that what seemed to be a situation that would ruin me, became my greatest victory. It was like that too with the ant in our story. Her giant load became her highway to safety. The verse I just shared with you is also a promise from God. Trust Him and accept it; He will safely lead you through. And regardless of how things look now, remember that you are not alone.
Memory verse for the week: I have fought the good fight. I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. (2 Timothy 4:7)