Early one morning, I went around the corner of the house and walked straight through a large spider web. “Ah, man!” I forgot about my eight-legged friend who sets up shop here every evening–between the rain barrel and rose bush.
As I cleared the cobwebs from my face and hair, I felt her crawl down my neck and onto my shoulder. Sure, it was kinda creepy, but she meant me no harm. In just a few seconds she was gone.
Being a spider lover, I know exactly what she did. After laying down a line of silk on my sleeve, she repelled to the ground faster than a US Army Ranger! Charlotte, she’s a barn spider–like the one in Charlotte’s Web, had an excellent escape plan.
What about you and me? Can we throw out a life line to the Lord? He is certainly able to rescue us. “The Lord your God is with you, the Mighty Warrior who saves.” – Zepheniah 3:17a (NIV) But do we have an evacuation plan, in case of danger, to crawl quickly to the ledge and leap into the safety of His arms?
If you faint when under pressure, you have need of courage.Proverbs 24:10 (TPT)
In other words, hardiness and determination develop by being faithful under pressure. Like the legendary John Wayne said, “Courage is being scared to death but saddling up anyway. “
Other types of arachnids, like jumping spiders, also lay down a silk safety line–before leaping after their pray. This way, they don’t fall (36 inches😀 to their death) if they miss!
Here are a few favorite scriptures I turn too when in need of braveness:
“Be of good courage, and He shall strengthen your heart, all you who hope in the Lord.”– Psalm 31:24 (NKJV)
“So let us boldly approach God’s throne of grace. Then we will receive mercy. We will find grace to help us when we need it.” — Hebrews 4:16 (NIRV)
“Do not be afraid–I am with you! I am your God–let nothing terrify you! I will make you strong and help you; I will protect you and save you.”– Isaiah 41:10 (GNT)
Please share one of yours if you’d like!
For a story about another (equally freakish) encounter with a spider, please read, https://davidsdailydose.org/2021/03/31/the-spider-on-the-rim/