Tuesday, August 4, 2009

The Ant and the Contact Lens

This was sent to me by a friend of mine. It's a good way for me to start a group of writings for the next few days.
Brenda was almost halfway to the top of the tremendous granite cliff. She was standing on a ledge where she was taking a breather during this, her first rock climb. As she rested there, the safety rope snapped against her eye and knocked out her contact lens. "Great", she thought. "Here I am on a rock ledge, hundreds of feet from the bottom and hundreds of feet to the top of this cliff, and now my sight is blurry." She looked and looked, hoping that somehow it had landed on the ledge. But it just wasn't there. She felt the panic rising in her, so she began praying. She prayed for calm, and she prayed that she may find her contact lens. When she got to the top, a friend examined her eye and her clothing for the lens, but it was not to be found. Although she was calm now that she was at the top, she was saddened because she could not clearly see across the range of mountains. She thought of the bible verse "The eyes of the Lord run to and fro throughout the whole earth." She thought, "Lord, You can see all these mountains. You know every stone and leaf, and You know exactly where my contact lens is. Please help me." Later, when they had hiked down the trail to the bottom of the cliff they met another party of climbers just starting up the face of the cliff. One of them shouted out, "Hey, you guys! Anybody lose a contact lens?" Well, that would be startling enough, but you know why the climber saw it? An ant was moving slowly across a twig on the face of the rock, carrying it! The story doesn't end there. Brenda's father is a cartoonist. When she told him the incredible story of the ant, the prayer, and the contact lens, he drew a cartoon of an ant lugging that contact lens with the caption, "Lord, I don't know why You want me to carry this thing. I can't eat it, and it's awfully heavy. But if this is what You want me to do, I'll carry it for You." I think it would do all of us some good to say, "God, I don't know why You want me to carry this load. I can see no good in it and it's awfully heavy. But, if You want me to carry it, I will." God doesn't call the qualified, He qualifies the called. Yes, I do love GOD. He is my source of existence and my Savior. He keeps me functioning each and every day Without Him, I am nothing, but with Him....I can do all things through Christ which strengthens me. (Phil. 4:13)


  1. Thanking GOD, knowing "we can do all things through Christ who strengthens me."

    Love ya, andrea

  2. What an amazing story! I love this and shared this with my Dad. He has recently been diagnosed with Lung Cancer and I am here in florida helping take care of him. Thankyou for sharing this! Yes the Lord does qualify the called and it's ONLY by and through HIM that we are able to have the strength and grace to do those things HE calls us to!


  3. I was just reading this story today in my past emails from a close friend I hadn't talked to in awhile. Glad to see it one more time today since it truly does inspire those that read it.

    Love and Hugs ~ Kat

  4. Beautiful, inspiring story and thank you for sharing it. What a privilege that would be to be called by our good God, not necessarily I qualified for the work but just because He simply believed in me. God bless.

  5. I can't count all the times I've asked God to help me find a contact lens!! Great story, and I love how the Lord used an ant...He is so worthy of praise and honor and glory!!
    Thank you for sharing this story,