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 crossfire he had lost touch with his comrades.
Alone in the jungle, he could hear enemy soldiers coming in his direction. Scrambling for cover, he 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 moment, he realized that once the enemy soldiers looking for him swept up the ridge, they would quickly 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 begin to draw close. He thought, “Well, I guess the Lord isn’t 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 all the while, the spider layered strand after strand of web across the opening of the cave.
“Hah, he thought. “What I need is a brick wall and what the Lord has sent me is a spider web. God does have a sense of humor.”
As the enemy drew closer he watched from the darkness of his hideout and could see them searching one cave after another. As they came to his, he got ready to make his last stand. To his amazement, however, after glancing in the direction of his cave, they moved on. Suddenly, he realized that with the spider web over the entrance, his cave looked as if no one had entered for quite a while. “Lord, forgive me,” prayed the young man. “I had forgotten that in you a spider’s web is stronger than a brick wall.”
Who can express in a word or even a thousand words
the magnitude and grandeur of the power of God?
It is like putting a wet finger to a penlight battery and,
by the sensation you feel, defining all the properties, potentiality, and powers of electricity.
God has been known to bring giants to their knees, weeping like babies,
God has been known to take corrupt minds and give them thoughts as pure as fresh-fallen snowflakes.
God has been known to take a home, torn by strife,
And make it the sweetest place this side of heaven.
God has been known to take crippled men,
Who scrape the earth as they pull along their weakened torsos,
And stand them, whole and healthy upon their feet.
God has been known to take men rotten and ripe for hell,
And make them jewels in the kingdom of heaven.
God has been known to displace hate with love, sorrow with joy, war with peace ashes wih fire.
God can do all things possible, and –
“Father! All things are possible with Thee.”
Excerpt from “Thine is the Power”, Praise! Our Songs and Hymns (Singspiration Music: Grand Rapids, Michigan, 1979), p.547