As if a spider invasion wasn’t enough. Now my bathroom sink is swarming with teeny tiny ants. And for little things, those miniscule ants are tenacious.
And I hate them in my toothpaste.
But I’m starting to get a clue. Like maybe, just maybe God is speaking to me—about little things where they don’t belong.
Like a teeny tiny attitude issue swarming through my heart. Because a bad attitude can be a relatively small, momentary thing (think cranky toddler before nap time), or it can become something more substantial that worsens until it explodes (think Hatfield—McCoy drama).
But our attitude about any particular person or situation is always up to us. Because the truth is, we can’t control a person’s response, our job situation, the economy, or our toddler’s tantrums.
But we can control our attitude—with God’s help.
We can choose to not to allow teeny tiny issues to swarm unattended in our hearts. Because little things, when not properly dealt with, have the ability to expand into big, annoying things very quickly.
Just like my ant problem. At first, it was only a couple of teeny tiny ants, which I ignored, hoping they’d disappear. Don’t we sometimes take the same approach with our attitudes? After all, it’s only a small, negative thought. Nobody will notice.
But like those pesky ants, soon the entire colony has set up shop right next to my toothbrush holder. And before I know it, that small attitude issue has expanded, colonized and practically taken over my heart.
It can be a real mess—that spreads.
So when God points out to me—through the unlikely scenario of teeny, tiny ants all around my bathroom sink—that my attitude needs attention, I’m actually grateful. Because if God didn’t love me, He wouldn’t even bother pointing out my blind spots.
But He loves me. And He loves you. And He gives us the opportunity to cooperate with His Holy Spirit by repenting, seeking forgiveness, and changing our attitudes so that they truly honor Him.
Which is why I’m sometimes thankful for strange things—like teeny, tiny ants in my bathroom—and an awesome, forgiving God who, through His grace, enables me to respond and walk (most of the time) with a good attitude.