I do have a few neurotic and irrational fears but spiders are not one of them. Thanks to E. B. White’s Charlotte’s Web I’ve only viewed spiders as helpful...as long as they don’t crawl on me.

There are lots of spider webs in my garden these days. Makes me wonder if they are moving toward their eventual demise as “fair season” will be soon underway here in Georgia. One of the great things about Charlotte was that she simply used what she had to make a difference.

Charlotte was smart.

She was also eager.

She could have simply felt bad for Wilbur and watched him go off to slaughter. Instead, she used what she had, her smarts and “web design” to save him. She didn’t do so seeking accolades for herself, her goal was simply to help someone in need.

How many times do we do “good deeds” expecting nothing in return?

Sure, it’s great when someone appreciates our efforts, but if they don’t we should not allow their indifference to dampen our joy of giving.

Wilbur was grateful for Charlotte’s efforts but people in our lives won’t always have that same affection for us when we do things that help them.

Spiders are also great examples of how to "cast your care."

Spiders do all they can to help themselves by spinning webs. They take the unique talent God has given them and spin sometimes very delicate and intricate webs. We sometimes spin webs of our own in pursuit of the next "must have" on our list. Sadly, many of us go through all manner of effort and planning before we ever think to go to God.

Yet, the spider waits patiently and expectantly always confident that what it needs will find it. Spiders are not worried about the stock market or the next election. Spiders have faith, more so than many of us when we are in need of our next "catch"

We often sweat and toil trying to make things happen. We often struggle to keep our faith all the while playing out various scenarios in our mind. Very few of us wait as patiently and assuredly as a spider when we wait for God to deliver what we can not ourselves provide.

Many of us construct our webs without Divine guidance. We often ask God to bless our plans already in production instead of taking our plans to God and asking what He would say about them in the first place. We may waste time, energy and find ourselves frustrated as we attempt to concoct our successes instead of “being still” and willing to listen and allow God to work on our behalf.

Often, we yearn to “do something” when all God really wants is for us to “be still and trust Him.”

It takes maturity to wait patiently. Young children lack this trait. Some of us “older kids” take a bit longer to learn it as well. Still, at some point we must mature from mere infants into mighty believers in regards to our faith.

Patience and Expectancy.  

If God can speak through a donkey, surely I can learn a thing or two from a spider...

There are four things which are little on the earth,
But they are exceedingly wise:
The ants are a people not strong,
Yet they prepare their food in the summer;
The rock badgers are a feeble folk,
Yet they make their homes in the crags;
The locusts have no king,
Yet they all advance in ranks;
The spider skillfully grasps with its hands,

And it is in kings’ palaces.   Proverbs 30:24-28 NKJV

Published by Lilka Finley Raphael