The Ant and the Tootsie Roll
March 17, 2012 Leave a comment
I am indebted to Pastor Francis Chan for sharing this wonderful picture about an ant and a wall. It’s been so long since I’ve heard it, I’ve revised it a bit. Check out Francis Chan’s books, Crazy Love and Forgotten God.
There was an ant who was walking his normal course and came suddenly upon a Tootsie Roll in his normal path. How did this get here? the ant thought. Now, Tootise Rolls were fine, except he was allergic to chocolate and it was much bigger than him, so it was nothing more than an obstacle in his path. He could have walked around it, but of course, that would not be part of his normal course. So the ant got down on all knees and prayed, “Dear God, roll this Tootise Roll away from my path!”
So God, in all of His majesty and glory said … no.
The ant tried again, this time bowing his head to the earth. “Dear God, if You love me, you will roll this Tootise Roll away from my path so that I can safely walk across it and continue on my innocent way!”
Again, God said no.
The ant tried a third time, now lowering himself as far into the earth as he could get and yelled out, “Dear God, this Tootsie Roll has been put here in my path. Please roll it away so that I may cross it and carry on my own personal business.”
So the ant grew red in the face. (Luckily none of his friends were around because they would have panicked thinking he was a fire ant.) So the ant said to himself, “Fine. If God doesn’t want to do the job for me, then I’ll do it myself.” So the ant pushed his back up against the Tootsie Roll and pushed and pushed as hard as he could and finally the Tootsie Roll gave way and began to roll.
Once it got moving it rolled way quite easily, and the ant was beginning to learn two lessons: 1) If you want something done, you’ve got to do it yourself, with or without God’s help. And 2) It’s a lot tougher than people think for an ant to move twice its body weight.
The Tootise Roll rolled right off his path. But suddenly, there was a crunch. The ant didn’t remember anything crunchy being in his path. So the ant scurried to the other side of the Tootise Roll and pushed it away.
He recognized the shoes, the bracelet, the necklace… it was his mom! It all suddenly made sense! God didn’t roll the Tootise Roll away because it would have crushed the ant’s mother! God was trying to save him the pain of loss. But the ant chose to defy God and ended up suffering loss. Just then, the ant learned another lesson – God says no to things for a reason. You’d better listen to Him for God’s sake – or rather, for your own sake, otherwise your mom could get crushed by a Tootsie Roll.