Monday, September 22, 2008

The persistent spiders

Ah, yes, fall is in the air and the spiders are out in full swing. Remember that bugs in AL are BIG? Spiders are no exception.

On my morning walks with the dogs, I am currently in the habit of carrying a stick out in front of me so that I don't get the undesirable spider web across the face. Spider webs across my face invariably get tangled in my eyelashes. There is also the bigger concern of "Now, where is the spider?" Yuck!

I do find spider webs extremely fascinating, though (from a distance, of course). It amazes me how God created spiders with the ability to build a web. (and with their brain capacity ... ) If you think about it - how do they do it? How do they get started? How do they manage to get the first string out just right and span such of a great distance? And then, to create such intricate, delicate, precise structures that have a pattern. OK - and where do they store the silk for the web, anyway? Granted, the spiders are big here, but not that big, seemingly. And what if they get knocked to the ground in my sweeping away the web - what then? Do they find the closest tree and climb up again? (looks like I need to do a unit study for home school, so that I can learn! :).

SO - the most amazing thing to me is that almost every day, I knock down their webs because they happen to be in the path that I want to walk ... and I HATE spider web across the face. And every day, without fail, there is a new web ... persistence!

What if I were a spider? Would I be that persistent?

Some days ... unfortunately, no. I get tired. I am no longer that hungry, anymore. It's just too much work to build my web today. But, if I don't eat, I won't get strengthened.

I am so thankful for Him - each and every day. He is the one who gives me strength for the day.

I am so thankful for the truth in Isaiah 40:31
but those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.


  1. I love that Bible verse. It does serve to strengthen us when we are weak.

    I giggle at the vision of you holding a stick vertically (at arms length) as you take your morning walk. Kind of like a divining rod! Ha. It makes me snicker but it's actually very creative. AHHH...I just got another visual of you walking like Moses on a mission from God. So funny!

  2. I must say you have gotten braver over the years concerning spiders. Hee, hee.....It is amazing how they spin their webs. When you find out, let me know. Good analogy....I love that verse too.

  3. What an incredible post! I, too, strongly dislike spiders and their webs and they seem to be everywhere right now. I even get a physcial reaction to them...perhaps I am arachnaphobic!

    I love, though, how you show the magnificence of God's creation in the spider. And compare that to our hunger for God's word. Amazing!

    Thanks so much for sharing!


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