The ant colony was a thriving industrious community; working from 12-18 hour days was normal and expected. For the most part, the ants got along with each other, each knew his job and did it without complaining. Nevertheless, there were always obstacles on the path that were insurmountable, tempers sometimes flared and selfishness often caused the small insects to turn on each other exacting "blood for blood."
There was a much larger creature, a human type being that had been observing this large colony for many days. He noticed they often spent long hours trying to move a small dirt clod when in actuality they could have saved themselves a lot of trouble if they had just marched around the mountain. He felt it was a sad state of affairs that they could not see the simplicity of the solution because of their low perspective. What's more, whenever he bent down close to the ground to instruct them, they cowered in fear, covered their ears at his great voice or worse ran and hid.
Still, he was concerned for their well-being. He also observed that when one ant fell victim to disease or frailty, the other ants ignored him or attacked his weakness until he perished. Without compassion, they would throw his body to the side and continue with their daily routine; hearts hardened by lack of love or sense of family. When the human would place his hand near the wounded ant to provide assistance the other ants would jump on his finger and sting him until he withdrew his hand. It was a useless outpouring of concern.
One morning while in prayer, the human received a revelation from the Creator of all, both large and small. What if the human was willing to reduce himself to the size of an ant. Even better what if the human was willing to become an ant; to learn ant ways, to identify with the ant community in thought, deed, and action...and yet, retain all the wisdom of a human. Could this plan work? Would the ant colony be open to learning new ways? Would they be able to see their short-comings? Would they understand and grasp that true wisdom from above was in their midst?
The human thought about the prospect of changing into an ant for the benefit of the entire ant world. It was a powerful contemplation. He would,however always and forever be an ant. He would by necessity give-up his human-ness for all eternity. His revelings were not without conflict. Finally, as he daily watched the struggles of the smallest of creatures, he made up his mind to become like them in order to save them from themselves.
The whole ant colony was very suspicion of the New-comer. He looked like them and sounded like them when he spoke, but something...something...was very different. His ideas were revolutionary and countered the age old strategies of the ant forefathers. Even though his instructions were strange, when followed they always brought success. This greatly encouraged the vast majority of the ant colony, however, the most Ancient of Ants were jealous of his popularity and suspicious of his "new-fangled ideas."
Word spread quickly of the great wisdom of the new-comer ant and his care and concern for all ant-hood. So much so, that ants from surrounding colonies began to show up to listen to him and learn of the new Ant Kingdom that he proposed to entrust to all ants that would believe. Truly, life as known by ants was on the verge of being changed forever.
It was at this juncture that the Counsel of Ants held a convocation. It was time to squelch this revolutionary before their way of life was lost and they themselves rendered without power. Plans were made to dismiss this New-comer. They would work covertly because the uninformed masses would defend him and it might get messy for everyone. Darkness always facilitates deceit. Consequently, during the night seasons the elder ants would make visits to each ant home spreading lies and distortions about the New-comer Ant. At first the worker ants were resistant to believe their stories, but then the Ancient Ants were the ruling class, perhaps they had more understanding than they.
It really did not take to long to change the hearts of the humble ants from one day singing hosanna to the New-comer Ant to demanding his death. Who was he anyway? Where had he come from? Why so many ideas counter to their culture? If followed that the end result would surely be a destruction of their time honored traditions and hallowed way of life. The Ancient Ants had won.
A few Truly Transformed ants remained loyal to the teachings of the New-comer ant, even after the Ancients had "taken care of him." He was no longer seen among the commoners. Yet, the Truly Transformed ants grew more bold in their dedication to his principles of love and care for each other. He had taught them that his ideas would change them forever if they would only believe and live out the truths he had imparted.
Eventually the Ancient Ants drove the Truly Transformed ants out of the colony. It was unfortunate, but paved the way for the Truly Transformed ants to take the message of the New-comer Ant to ants all over the world. It was even heralded abroad that the New-comer Ant was again seen with the truly transformed ants imparting new wisdom, boldness and strength to see ants everywhere come to the knowledge of the truth. What had seemed like the end for the New-comer Ant was only the beginning.....
....Grandfather would have finished his story with a smile and and inquisitive look and asked, without asking, if I understood....perhaps I would have understood and maybe I would have asked him to tell the story to me again, and again and again...
"Let him who has ears to hear, hear..."--Jesus Christ.