It was dusk on a Thursday, and as I was preparing to settle down for the night, I decided to enjoy some quiet time alone. One of my favorite rooms in our house is a sun room with plenty of windows. A picturesque pink and blue sunset greeted me and provided a welcomed backdrop for meditation. As I sat down and began to talk to the Father, just then I noticed a spider outside of my window skillfully weaving a web. I’ll be the first to tell you that I’m not a huge fan of spiders (unless we’re talking about Spiderman). However, I believe the Father led me to that place and moment just to speak wisdom to me concerning how to trust Him in my daily living. Please allow me to share with you wisdom from the web.
Spinning The Web
I stood in awe as my spider friend swung from each silky thread like a trapeze artist attaching each thread to the other. What initially appeared to be random movements turned into an artful display of organized motion. The longer I watched the spider spin, the more I noticed the pattern of the web emerge. That’s when God began to speak to my heart.
The Perfect Design
In order to understand the efficacy of the spiderweb a few things must be considered. Let’s begin with the design. Scientifically speaking, the spiderweb is primarily designed for two things: capture and rest. We’re all familiar with how the spiderweb becomes the interface between predator and prey. When the spider spins a web, at some point an unsuspecting insect becomes dinner for the night. The sheer design of the spiderweb suits the purpose of gathering food perfectly. Sticky, net-like, and virtually invisible, it serves as the perfect aerial trap. You were designed by God to produce the very thing that will provide nourishment and bring success into your life. You have gifts and talents that give rise to powerful results in your life and the lives of others.
Birds build nests for their young. Bees build hives. Beavers build dams. Spiders build webs. All of these creatures instinctly build according to their unique purposes. Even though our actions may look like randomness to other people, we must never get entangled with trying to please everyone. Just keep constructing your web, and in time it will all make sense. When Noah was building the ark in Genesis chapter 6, no doubt people were laughing at him and trying to figure out what the heck he was building and why. Well, needless to say when the rain started, those same people weren’t laughing anymore. You were designed to reign, but you can’t reign effectively if you are trying to build nests when you were created to weave webs.
Location, Location, Location
It would be pointless for a spider to build its web inside a car or any other enclosed space in hopes to capture insects. Where the spider builds could mean the difference between feast or famine. I don’t know how long our spider friend waited for food to enter its trap, but I can attest to the fact that the location was prime. Many times God positions us strategically to bless us. It’s not just coincidence that you live where you do. It’s not coincidence that you’re employed where you are. When you’re in the right place at the right time, God will bring provision and supply directly to you. Seek Him and His kingdom and everything you need will be added to you Matt. 6:33.
The Stealth of Stillness
I continued to watch as the spider put the finishing touches on its silky tapestry. When it completed the web, the spider nestled into its aerial home and did something really strange. When there was nothing else left to do, the spider stood completely still in the web and waited. If only we applied this strategy to our daily lives, I believe we would experience the peace of God as He intended us to. Psalms 46:10 reminds us to be still and know that God is God. Sometimes after we have done all that we can do, there is really nothing else left to do but hide in God. Stillness is the best camouflage. Many times we draw attention and warfare to ourselves by excessive motion. You can’t talk to just anyone about what’s going on in your life. Some things must be hidden until God brings change. I believe many of the attacks that we experience are intensified because we won’t stand still and let God be God Colossians 3:3. Trust Him. He’s sovereign and He wants to show Himself strong in our situations and on our behalf so that He will receive all glory. Many times we choose to engage in battles that we don’t even need to fight in. When the enemy surrounds us and the demonic host seems ominous, remember what God said to King Jehoshaphat in II Chronicles 20:17
“Ye shall not need to fight in this battle: set yourselves, stand ye still, and see the salvation of the Lord with you, O Judah and Jerusalem: fear not, nor be dismayed; tomorrow go out against them: for the Lord will be with you” (KJV).
Your relationship with the Father enhances your uniqueness and intensifies the favor of God and man upon your life. When you tap into your God-given design, you become unstoppable. What is God telling you to build?
Go forth and weave your web.
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Editor: Jaime Evans