So let’s not get tired of doing what is good. At just the right time we will reap a harvest of blessing if we don’t give up.
~Galatians 6:9 NLT
I quickly clicked the button back and forth between settings, shooting water all over the place, trying to wash away the spider on my faucet. Each morning, he has been there on the nozzle, just hanging out.
For weeks now, a spider has made a web from the base of my kitchen faucet to the squirter nozzle every night. The faucet in our kitchen has three different settings, which all shoot water from different holes.
Determined to make him move on this one morning, I tried everything I could to wash him down the drain, but the little fellow kept dodging all the streams. In fact, it was like a little spider version of “The Matrix” going on under those ever-changing streams of water.
I decided to research what it would take to drown a spider, just to see what my odds were on this venture. Apparently, a common spider can live about an hour totally submerged before he succumbs to drowning. Who knew? A little squirt in the face wasn’t going to be enough to kill this fellow. In fact, learning this information gave me a new respect for this ambitious arachnid. He was resilient. And a little water wasn’t going to knock him down.
That is why I tell you not to worry about everyday life—whether you have enough food and drink, or enough clothes to wear. Isn’t life more than food, and your body more than clothing? Look at the birds. They don’t plant or harvest or store food in barns, for your heavenly Father feeds them. And aren’t you far more valuable to him than they are? Can all your worries add a single moment to your life?
~Matthew 6:25-27 NLT
I’ve felt a bit like I was drowning lately. Lots of living in the what-ifs and maybes instead of residing in the what-is. Frustrations with my body not cooperating as I want, and so many other distractions coming at me from all sides.
But then I thought about this little spider learning to maneuver the sprays of water. Daily he reconstructs his broken web and makes his home in the line of fire.
I need to take a lesson from that little guy. Rebuild each morning. Refocus. Because for whatever reason, I’m stuck on the nozzle in the way of intense water sprays. But I can’t give up. I can’t let go. Gotta keep dodging and surviving. And keep trusting that God is in charge of it all. Thank you, little spider, for the reminder to keep trying.
What area have you given up on that you need to revisit and try again?
Dear God, if that little spider can rebuild each day with such resilience, I can trust in You each day, too. Therefore, please help me trust You with what is and is to come. Help me lay these daily struggles at Your feet. In Jesus’ name, amen.
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