Monday, October 10, 2011

Ants Marching

Have you ever heard the song Ants Marching by the Dave Matthews Band?  This happens to be one of my favorite songs from this band.  It tells a great story of how people are constantly moving, moving, moving…like little ants marching. 

There are a lot of times in my life when I feel like I’m one of those ants marching, moving quickly through the daily routine of life and not taking a moment to stop and appreciate the world around me.  Lately though, I’ve been feeling this little nudge from God telling me to slow down. 

One morning, a couple of weeks ago, I found myself running a few minutes late (which usually happens more often than not).  In an effort to make up some time, I rushed to get my son into the car, rushed to give my husband a kiss, and then rushed to drive out of our parking garage.  When I arrived at my son’s school a few minutes later, I heard that voice again… “Slow down.”

This time, I listened to that voice and did just that – I slowed down.  I turned around to look at my son sitting in his car seat.  He tilted his head to the side and gave me a big smile, almost like he knew something was different about me.  At that moment, I put my hand on his leg and prayed for him.  I prayed that he would have a great day.  I prayed that he would be safe and no harm would come upon him.  I prayed that he would be a blessing to his teachers and to the other kids in his class.  I prayed that he would have fun and learn everything that he needed to learn.

After I dropped my son off at school, I got into the car and on purpose, I took my time driving to work (even though I knew I would be a few minutes late).  There happened to be a lot of construction on the road that day, so I made sure to drive carefully.  As I drove past the main construction area, I saw a man holding up a big orange and black sign.  It said…SLOW

I got the message loud and clear. 

I don’t want to be like an ant just marching along to the drum beat of life.  I want to slow down more so that I can learn to appreciate the beauty in everyone and everything around me.  Life is precious, and I want to enjoy every single moment of it.  


  1. Very good!! I love this, such a simple, yet powerful message. I love the song too!!