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






35 responses to “The Spider on the Rim”

  1. davidsdailydose Avatar

    Yes indeed, Barb. Evil lurks all around us. Thankfully, God has us covered!

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  2. My Life in Our Father's World Avatar

    What if you had eaten that spider….gross!

    We do always have to be on the lookout for evil, don’t we?

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  3. Becoming His Tapestry Avatar


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  4. Crystal Byers Avatar

    Now thatโ€™s a prayer. Amen.

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  5. Musings&Roses Avatar


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  6. davidsdailydose Avatar

    Thank you, and may God Bless you as well.

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  7. Island Traveler Avatar

    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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  8. Tina Avatar

    ๐Ÿ˜† It’s always doing that!

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  9. davidsdailydose Avatar

    Ha ha! I was hoping youโ€™d take it as all on good fun. Thanks, Tina. Oops, autocorrect tried to make me write ๐Ÿฃ tuna again.

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  10. Tina Avatar

    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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  11. davidsdailydose Avatar

    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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  12. Beth Alisan Avatar

    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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  13. davidsdailydose Avatar

    It may sound a little weird, Brenda, but I think God wanted to send me the message: โ€œDavid, donโ€™t be like that spider for someone else.โ€ Message received.

    Thank you, and God bless.

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  14. Becoming His Tapestry Avatar

    Thatโ€™s a little bit funny, although I would probably have reacted a little bit louder ๐Ÿคซ๐Ÿคซ I donโ€™t want to be a spider on the rim either

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  15. MariaTeresa Avatar

    Thanks David ๐Ÿ˜Š

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  16. davidsdailydose Avatar

    Thanks, Maria. Iโ€™ll check out your post. Iโ€™m a little behind in my reading.

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  17. MariaTeresa Avatar

    Thanks for the reminder and laugh ๐Ÿ˜… BTW did you see my post? Curious on your thoughts my friend ๐Ÿ˜Š

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  18. davidsdailydose Avatar

    I actually like spiders and donโ€™t using squish them. However, brown recluses and black widows are dangerous. I usually send them back to their maker.

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  19. Alan Kearns Avatar

    Now that is a breakfast to remember, or forget depending on your thoughts about spiders! A great analogy David and a reminder to all of His children to mind how we walk…or eat cereal!

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  20. davidsdailydose Avatar

    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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  21. Betty Avatar

    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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  22. davidsdailydose Avatar

    Thank you, Angel. I look forward to reading your post. Iโ€™m happy you stopped by today! Blessings.

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  23. Musings&Roses Avatar

    Wow. what a beautiful coincidence. I have had this scripture in mind all week with a different title though

    love the analogy with a touch of humour. ๐Ÿ˜. Thank you ๐Ÿ™

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  24. Pure Glory Avatar

    You’re welcome!

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  25. davidsdailydose Avatar

    Me too! He looked a little milk soaked. Thank you.

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  26. Pure Glory Avatar

    David, so glad you saw the spider before you ate it! ๐Ÿ˜Š It probably wanted to share you cereal with you. Have a blessed day!

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  27. Lena Rae Avatar

    Ekes! I’ve known a few humans who are like spiders. Black widows full of poisonous venom.

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  28. davidsdailydose Avatar

    Thank you. Humor and pause for thought is exactly what I aimed for with this post. You have helped brighten MY day. ๐Ÿ˜
    I am grateful for your reading and commenting. Blessings!

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  29. davidsdailydose Avatar

    How true, Pastor Pete. The very fact that you donโ€™t want to be someone elseโ€™s spider is a good sign that you are not. Blessings!


  30. davidsdailydose Avatar

    Thank you, Manu. Luckily, I was not holding the bowl when I saw the spider ๐Ÿ•ท, or I probably would have dropped it. I appreciate your input. Blessings.

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  31. Don't Lose Hope Avatar

    This is a great analogy … and a really humourous post. Thanks for brightening up my morning … while also giving me pause for thought ๐Ÿ™‚

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  32. pastorpete51 Avatar

    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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  33. Perth Girl Avatar

    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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  34. davidsdailydose Avatar

    It was off putting indeed, Sally. Thank you for reading and commenting. Blessings.

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  35. Sally Avatar

    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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