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The Spider on the Rim

Shuffling into the kitchen early one morning, bleary-eyed and half awake, I reached for my favorite cereal bowl. In went the Cheerios and milk, and I sat down for my daily devotional time.

Reading and eating is one of my favorite things. But today I was in for a shock. Two bites in I saw a spider on the rim. The rim of my cereal bowl, that is!

And it wasn’t any old spider. My right hand, the one I use to feed myself, had come very close to a brown recluse, or fiddle back–one of the most venomous spiders in North America. And my little milk drenched friend didn’t look happy.

Sorry, I don’t have a photo. I normally take a picture of everything I eat and post it on Instagram.

Not really, Tina.๐Ÿฅธ

But, this particular morning, the spider frightened me and I dropped my phone (Which was in my other hand, of course).

My blogger buddy, BG O’Neal, shared a scripture this same day that made me think of my tiny eight legged interloper.

“Dead flies can make a whole bottle of perfume stink, and a little stupidity can cancel out the greatest wisdom.” Ecclesiastes 10:1 (GNT)

It only took one spider, who likely fell into the empty bowl in the cupboard, to ruin my whole breakfast. AND he totally creeped me out!

Isn’t this a picture of what happens in interpersonal relationships? We’re sitting on our tuffets, like Little Miss Muffet, when along comes a you know what ๐Ÿ•ท and ruins EVERYTHING. Whole companies and churches have been spoiled in this manner.

“See to it that no one falls short of the grace of God and that no bitter root grows up to cause trouble and defile many.” – Hebrews 12:15 (NIV)

I never used to look into a bowl before using it. But now, after the other day, I do it every time!


Heavenly Father. As I walk through this fallen world, among believers and non-believers, help me not to be a “spider on the rim.” In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Photo by Priscilla Du Preez on Unsplash

By davidsdailydose

I'm just a regular guy who was
tempted to lose all hope but did not. It was God who made the difference.

35 replies on “The Spider on the Rim”

Thanks David for bringing smile and inspiration to my day today. As Easter nears, may we all go back to where our hearts and thoughts should be, God and the works he called us to do. The world and its promises has distracted so many that Faith has been replaced by fleeting things, feelings or experiences. May his great love open our eyes and hearts to truly whatโ€™s important. Take care. God bless.๐Ÿ™

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๐Ÿคฃ Thanks for the shout out. But are you suggesting that I take a picture of everything I eat and put it on Instagram? I may occasionally take a picture of something I ate to make someone smile. I haven’t been on my Instagram in ages!


Are you suggesting I’m living on the edge? Am I the spider in this story? I hope not. I’d much prefer to be miss Muffet. (Autocorrect tried to change that to Miss Moffett. Don’t know who she is.)

Great post! Blessings.

P.S. I had oatmeal with blueberries and a banana for breakfast. Sorry, no picture. ๐Ÿ˜†

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Thank you, Beth. For some reason I just froze for a few seconds. Then I freaked out a little bit. The challenge was how to move the bowl without spooking the spider.

Iโ€™m almost ready to try some Cheerios and milk again. But not quite.

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Excellent analogy David! I love that Miss Muffet & her spider now has a Biblical connection in my mind. I’m impressed that your reflexes didn’t send the bowl (milk, cheerios, spider and all) flying across the room.

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Thatโ€™s a good verse, Betty. You also make an excellent point. The situation could have turned out much worse. Nevertheless, I dumped the whole bowl into the garbage disposal and flipped the switch. My Arachnid ๐Ÿ•ท buddy returned to his Maker.

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Perhaps there is another lesson here about being on the lookout for “spiders.” Since you spotted the spider before I don’t know, eating it or having it crawl up the spoon onto your hand, it didn’t cause any trouble. Other than mental and emotional. ๐Ÿ™‚ Suffice it to say, you saw it in time, and all was well. But had you been unaware of the danger, it would not have been good. Perhaps this will work: Proverbs 16:17 – “The highway of the upright is to depart from evil; He who watches his way preserves his life.” Full disclosure: I had a little help from Google. Glad you stayed safe!

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Good point but if you’re worried you are the spider you likely are not. Spiders are comfortable with their 8 legs and become immune to their own venom. Maybe change your breakfast menu to bacon and eggs!

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In addition to dropping the bowl I might scream a little bit too. I like the analogy of how we should not be like the spider and put someone off being a follower of Christ. I really like this reminder.

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Hi David :
This is humorously written, but I can imagine your fright when you saw this spider.
You draw a great analogy of how division can start in companies, and in churches.

Thanks for writing. ๐Ÿค—๐ŸŒท

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