Perfect Plan

I watched an ant crawl quietly

on a table’s white expanse,

inch by inch it crept along

to a scattered sugar spill.


Along the path it met

teacups, forks, and spoons,

tiny plates and serviettes

around it happily strewn.


I marveled how this ant

with its courage, strength and hope,

persevered through many odds

to reach its sweetened goal.


If only I could be

a little like this ant,

I’d scale the mighty mountains

and cross the raging seas.


But oft times fears arrive

that drown us every day,

in a deluge of doubling doubt

as courage is whisked away.


I know there is a loving plan*

and for us life has a purpose,

to meet each new found challenge

in Christ’s great strength and peace.



*I know well the plans I have in mind for you, says the Lord,

plans for your welfare, not for woe!

plans to give you a future full of hope. (Jeremiah 29:11)

Viola Athaide is a student in the Windows of Theology program at Regis College, Toronto. She currently teaches Scripture at her local parish church.

  • Tonis Kilp
    Posted at 08:28h, 18 September Reply

    What a lovely inspiring poem, we are all little ants crawling inch by inch to our own sweetness, our Lord Jesus Christ, many blessings, tonis.

  • Leanna Obirek
    Posted at 09:48h, 18 September Reply


  • Peter Bisson, SJ
    Posted at 10:32h, 18 September Reply

    Thank you Viola!

  • Jacqui H
    Posted at 20:00h, 18 September Reply

    Beautifully written. Thank you for sharing your God-given talent with us.

  • Carol Von ZUBEN
    Posted at 16:15h, 19 September Reply

    This is very precious Viola ! Thank you so much.

  • Christine Domingo
    Posted at 09:03h, 22 September Reply

    Inspiring and beautiful ….Thank you, Viola!

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