Running in circles



By Andrea Perdue

Recently, ants invaded my kitchen and were found running in all directions on my counter. Normally, ants are focused and march in a line working with a purpose. Not these ants; each seemed lost in confusion searching for something they could not find.

Too often, we are like these ants. We lose sight of our focus and purpose. We find ourselves off course running in circles looking for something that’s not there. We feel lost and alone as we search the wrong course for answers.
When we are not where we are suppose to be danger lurks about. My husband represents danger for the ants who invaded my kitchen. He set a trap for the disoriented ants. The poison within the trap is designed for the ant to take back to the nest poisoning his family, friends, and the queen.


When we lose our focus and find ourselves seeking health and healing in the wrong places we often expose ourselves to danger. If we are not careful to get back on course and find our purpose we may step into poison, too. That poison affects not only us, but those we love.

Take courage, God loves us and He is ready to help us get our focus back. He knew all along we could not keep our focus on our own. He sent His son, Jesus to make a way for each of us to seek forgiveness and begin anew.

Jesus knew we needed a constant companion to keep us from getting off course and stepping into poison, so He gave us the Holy Spirit to live inside of us. Through the Holy Spirit we have 24/7 access to our Heavenly Father.

The more time we spend getting to know Jesus through the Holy Spirit the more equipped we become to make better decisions. Each “right decision” draws us closer in our development of the character God created us to have. Will we always get it right? Probably not. God knows our heart and He is ready to teach us through each wrong step just as the heavens rejoice with each right step. Each step has value through Jesus.

“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” John 3:16 NIV

So, stop beating yourself up and embrace the love and forgiveness Jesus offers. Get your focus back through full surrender as you get to know the Jesus who gave His life so you could embrace healing and forgiveness and live out a purposeful life.


phone pics 121Andrea Perdue.  I’m a wife, mom to a blended family, nana, and friend who embraces life seeking to become the person God created me to be. My days are full, but there is always time for writing, reading, and sharing Jesus grace and love with others. It’s my prayer God will use me in the craziness of each day. Please connect with Andre at  Arise2Write or on

16 Responses to Running in circles

  1. Good post Andrea! Thank you for sharing with others from your personal walk with our King, Jesus. May your words penetrate the hearts of all who read and draw them closer to Him. Bless you!

  2. This was a rich devotional for me this morning to read because our small group last night talked about walking this journey of faith by keeping in step with Our Lord. Too often, I lean on my own strength and I get turned around! I’m reminded that I need His help to make those right choices daily and have to lean on Him, not myself! And what woman can’t relate to ants in the kitchen! Thank you for writing this encouraging post! Love ya!

  3. I had an experience with ants like that a few weeks ago. It was so strange to see them so confused and not marching in their normal straight lines. I’m keeping my eyes focused on Jesus…for when I follow Him, I know my steps will be in the right direction!

    Blessings, Joan

  4. Since my husband died I have found myself running I all directions…just trying to make phone calls, taking over the finances and shopping without his strong arms to help me out. At times the only way I can stay focused is to pray, make a list and mark things off one by one as the are accomplished. I relate to the ants in the post today Andrea. Thankfully, God has already provided the way for us!

  5. Ants!! My mom’s house has been invaded by them! And they are very pesky to get rid of! I once learned that there are over a quadrillion of them on the earth. Yikes.

    But, yes, like you so insightfully pointed out, we can be just like them. And getting off-course is the danger.

    Thanks for a great post, and a reminder that following Jesus is the only *non-poisonous* path in life!


  6. Those ants get us sidetracked for sure! It’s those day to day choices we make that are so important. I loved this reminder and illustration with your ants. Thank you for the reminder Andrea!

    Blessings and love,

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