Nehemiah 2:20, Psalm 46:1 God and the Spider
During World War II, a US Marine was separated from his unit on a Pacific island. The fighting had been intense, and in the smoke and the cross-fire he had lost touch with his unit.
Alone in the jungle, he could hear enemy soldiers coming in his direction. He tried to run and hide, and found his way up a high ridge to several small caves in the rock. Quickly he crawled inside one of the caves. Although safe for the mo-ment, he understood that once the enemy sol-diers looking for him came up the ridge, they would search all the caves and he would be killed.
As he waited, he prayed, Lord, if it be YOUR will, please protect me. Whatever YOUR will though, I love YOU and trust YOU. AMEN.
After praying, he lay quietly listening to the enemy come close. He thought, “Well, I guess the Lord is not going to help me out of this one. Then he saw a spider begin to build a web over the front of his cave.
As he watched, listening to the enemy searching for him, the spider layered strand af-ter strand of web across the opening of the cave.
He thought what I need is a brick wall and what has the Lord sent me? A spider weaving a web. God does have a sense of humor.
As the enemy came close, he watched from the inside his dark hideout and could see them searching one cave and then another cave and another.
As they came to his, he was ready to make his last stand. All of a sudden, they enemy, looked into the cave, and went to the next cave.
What happened? Ahhh, the spider web over the entrance of the cave made his cave look like no one had gone into the cave for a long time.
The young man prayed, “Lord forgive me, I had forgotten that in YOU a spider’s web is strong than a brick wall.”
We all face times of great trouble. When we do, it is so easy to forget the victories that God worked in our lives before, sometimes in really surprising ways. We too face a situation in our church where Ohio District funding has stopped. What will we do? Will we close? The prophet Nehemiah helped the people of Israel remem-ber when they face trouble rebuilding the wall of Jerusalem. Same with us. God blessed us many years in the past. Will HE stop? No, In God we have success! God has an awesome plan for us. Holy Spirit, show us YOUR plan, give us the strength to do YOUR will. Thank you Jesus!
Nehemiah 2:20; “The God of heaven will give us success,” I answered them, “We, his serv-ants, are going to rebuild. You have no property or claim or historic right in Jerusalem.”
Psalm 46:1; God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in times of trouble.”