The Ant and the Contact Lens

rock-climberA  true story by Josh and Karen Zarandona

Brenda was a young woman who was invited to go rock climbing. Although she was very scared, she went with her group to a tremendous Granite cliff.

In spite of her fear, she put on the gear, took a hold on the rope,and started up the face of that rock.Well, she got to a ledge where she could take a breather. As she was hanging on there, the safety rope snapped against Brenda’s eye and Knocked out her contact lens.

Well, here she is, on a rock ledge, with hundreds of feet below her and hundreds of feet above her. Of course, she looked and looked and looked, hoping it had landed on the ledge, but it just wasn’t there.

Here she was, far from home, her sight now blurry. She was desperate and began to get upset, so she prayed to the Lord to help her to find it.

When she got to the top, a friend examined her eye and her clothing for the lens, but there was no contact lens to be found. She sat down, despondent, with the rest of the party, waiting for the rest of them to make it up the face of the cliff.

She looked out across range after range of mountains, thinking of that Bible verse that says, “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.”

Finally, they walked down the trail to the bottom. At the bottom there was a new party of climbers just starting up the face of the cliff.One of them  shouted out, “Hey, you guys! Anybody lose a contact lens?”ant with contacts

Well, that would be startling enough, but you know why the climber saw it? An ant was moving slowly across the face of the rock, carrying it on its back.

Brenda told me that her father is a cartoonist. When she told him the incredible story of the ant, the prayer, and the contact lens, he drew a picture of an ant lugging that contact lens with the words,”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.”

antstoryI think it would probably do some of us good to occasionally 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 saviour. He keeps me functioning each and every day. Without Him, I am nothing, but with Him I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. (Phil.4:13)


(forwarded email/photo credits: art.com, lgadb.org and guardianangel.in)


10 Responses to “The Ant and the Contact Lens”

  1. August 18, 2009 at 12:37 pm

    Each time you clean your lenses, fill the contact case with fresh solution. Contact Lens


  2. 3 digitalcatharsis
    August 21, 2009 at 5:01 am

    thanks william!


  3. 4 Trudie
    November 13, 2009 at 4:55 am

    Encouraging story of the ant and the contact lens. I just shared it with a friend who has lukemia and will going into isolation for many weeks as he ‘s receing new stem cells.

    Thanks for sharing this.


  4. 5 digitalcatharsis
    November 17, 2009 at 1:33 pm

    Hi Trudie, thanks for dropping by. So nice of you to share this story to your sick friend. I hope he/she gets well, and my prayers are with you.


  5. June 23, 2011 at 3:52 pm

    Amen to that my friend! we can do all things through Christ! Thank you Lord for giving us the strength each and every day 🙂


  6. June 23, 2011 at 11:08 pm

    I’m speechless. I always find that we Filipinos suffer too much. And I always pray to God to give me strength to make it through everyday. And I believe things happen because of God’s will. Yup, I shouldn’t complain too much 🙂


  7. 8 kat
    June 27, 2011 at 1:53 pm

    hala oi…speeceless ako…pero sana lang kahit in times of happiness eh, tinatawag pa rin natin si Lord…kaso hindi….kalimitan, pag nagigipit lang naalala ang maykapal.


  8. June 27, 2011 at 11:59 pm

    this is truly one encouraging + inspiring post. i guess, we ought to just stop asking questions for a moment + carry out what we are sent here to do.. the all works in ways we can only imagine + where our understanding ends our faith in him begins….


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