Photo: Spider’s Web

I came across the web of an Orb-weaver spider built upon the rocks in our hillside. It reminded me of the story about a soldier running away from his enemies.  The story goes like this:

The Spider’s Web:  A young soldier found himself in a terrible battle. The enemy was soundly defeating this young man’s platoon. He and his comrades found themselves hastily retreating from the battlefield in defeat, running away in fear of their very lives.

The enemy gave chase. This young man ran hard and fast, full of fear and desperation, and soon found himself cut off from his comrades in arms.

spider's webHe eventually came upon a rocky ledge containing a cave. Knowing the enemy was close behind, and that he was exhausted from the chase, he chose to hide there.

After he crawled in, he fell to his face in the darkness, desperately crying to God to save him and to protect him from his enemies. He also made a bargain with God, and promised that if God saved him, he would serve Him for the remainder of his days.

When he looked up from his despairing plea for help, he saw a spider beginning to weave its web at the entrance to the cave. As he watched the delicate threads being slowly drawn across the mouth of the cave, the young soldier pondered its irony. He thought, “I asked God for protection and deliverance, and he sent me a spider instead. How can a spider save me?”

His heart was hardened, knowing the enemy would soon discover his hiding place and kill him. And soon he did hear the sound of his enemies, who were now scouring the area looking for those in hiding. One soldier with a gun slowly walked up to the cave’s entrance. As the young man crouched in the darkness, hoping to surprise the enemy in a last-minute desperate attempt to save his own life, he felt his heart pounding wildly out of control.  spider's web As the enemy cautiously moved forward to enter the cave, he came upon the spider’s web, which by now was completely strung across the opening. He backed away and called out to a comrade, “There can’t be anyone in here. They would have had to break this spider’s web to enter the cave. Let’s move on.”

Years later, this young man, who made good on his promise by becoming a preacher and evangelist, wrote about that ordeal. He wrote: “Where God is, a spider’s web is as a stone wall. Where God is not, a stone wall is as a spider’s web.” ~ Author Unknown

Additional Note:
Encourage yourself in the Lord and know that He will be there to fight your battles because of your trust in Him. The Bible declares in Isaiah 59:19, “…When the enemy shall come in like a flood, the Spirit of the LORD shall lift up a standard against him.” Never allow your circumstances to get you down, but rather lift up your hands in praise to God and show the enemy that you will not be moved because God is on your side and your victory is promised in His Word. Be confident in God’s Word and know that if God said it, then He will be faithful to bring it to pass.

Trust the Lord with every area of your life and know that because you have given yourself to Him, the Lord has promised to lead you and protect you all the days of your life. Rejoice in this fact and know that you are greatly loved by the Lord. (Source: godswork.org)

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