When I discovered these little ants hopelessly stuck inside the lid to our maple syrup (the lid wasn't on the syrup, it was in the sink) I knew there had to be some amazing parable waiting to be told. Surely they had come across something so mouthwatering and delectable they were unable to stop themselves from proceeding further into the sticky goodness. Oh how they must have enjoyed the journey that took them right into the middle of the heavenly syrup. And I'm also sure they licked it up as rapidly as their little ant mouths could. And then they found their gluttonous little bodies trapped in the very thing that had been so tempting and delicious for a moment.
The analogy? Me and cake, ice cream, brownies, candy, cookies, etc. Especially at lunch time. That is when I am at the peak of my hunger and instead of taking a moment and fixing a real lunch, I get impatient with my hunger pangs and stuff myself with these goodies because it tastes SO WONDERFUL, especially when you are hungry. But then my appetite is ruined, I feel cruddy the rest of the day, and I have just consumed more calories than I was supposed to all week. Oh little ants, how I understand.
I'm sure there's a much better, more spiritual analogy here as well. I just don't feel qualified to write it. Maybe some day!