Friday, January 18, 2008

God and the Spider

Mom sent this to me and I thought is was really worthy of passing on.

During World War II, a US marine was separated from his unit on a Pacific island. The fighting had been intense, and in the smoke and
the crossfire he had lost touch with his comrades.

Alone in the jungle, he could hear enemy soldiers coming in his
direction. Scrambling for cover, he found his way up a high ridge to several small caves in the rock. Quickly he crawled inside one of the caves. Although safe for the moment, he realized that once the enemy soldiers looking for him swept up the ridge, they would quickly search all the caves and he would be killed.

As he waited, he prayed, "Lord, if it be your will, please protect me. Whatever your will though, I love you and trust you. Amen."

After praying, he lay quietly listening to the enemy begin to draw
close. He thought, "Well, I guess the Lord isn't going to help me out of this one." Then he saw a spider begin to build a web over the front of his cave.

As he watched, listening to the enemy searching for him all the while, the spider layered strand after strand of web across the opening of the cave.

"Hah, he thought. "What I need is a brick wall and what the Lord has sent me is a spider web. God does have a sense of humor."

As the enemy drew closer he watched from the darkness of his hideout and could see them searching one cave after another. As they came to his, he got ready to make his last stand. To his amazement, however, after glancing in the direction of his cave, they moved on. Suddenly, he realized that with the spider web over the entrance, his cave looked as if no one had entered for quite a while.

"Lord, forgive me," prayed the young man. "I had forgotten that in you a spider's web is stronger than a brick wall."

We all face times of great trouble. When we do, it is so easy to
forget what God can work in our lives, sometimes in the most
surprising ways. And remember, with God, a mere spider's web becomes a brick wall of protection.


Mimi's Toes said...

You are my new best friend. I love your posts. This was so powerful! I am on my lunch hour reading thru blogs and I keep going back to yours. You seem to have just what I need to read. Thanks again for your following God's lead.

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Alisun@ A Brooke In The Forest said...

Great story I really think I can relate this too.

luvmy4sons said...

HIs ways are not our ways and His thougths are not out thoughts. I love the spider story. Thanks so much for sharing it.

Anonymous said...

Wow that is such a cool story!! His way's are much higher than ours yes? I am sharing this it's great, Thanks!!!

Ally said...

This was great. A very good reminder that anything in the Lord´s hands can be powerful! amen..thanks Sharon...great post!