Today we start our series of inspirational messages that will focus on Homes, as we take time to stroll our neighbourhoods, back yards, parks, or just sit and look out a window.
This resource is adapted from, and used with permission from, The Prayer Bench (https://prayerbench.ca/)
Our Habitat for Today
The Spider spinning its nest
Reflection: The Art of Spinning Stories
In the early Spring morning when the sun’s rays have not yet warmed the earth enough to dry the dew, a spider’s web is a beautiful sight, glistening like a piece of precision jewellery. It’s not always easy to find such a web, but sometimes we can find them caught between the branches of trees or on a gate post.
Spider’s webs are an architectural feat, beautiful to us and extremely functional to the spider. In construction, the spider makes use of a variety of different silk threads that are thick or thin, sticky or dry, beaded or smooth. In a complex geometrical design the spider spins the web, moving backward and forward, creating the pattern and building a strong net to catch their dinner. Unsuspecting flies and insects trapped in the web will be preserved by the silk threads, ready to be eaten when the spider is ready. It’s a self-made pantry, where food is delivered straight inside.
”A spider’s web is stronger than it looks. Although it is made of thin, delicate strands, the web is not easily broken.” E.B. White from Charlotte’s Web
But, think about it:
How does a spider know how to spin?
Where does a spider get their inspiration?
What does the patience of the Spider teach us?
What can we learn about fearlessness from the Spider?
I invite you to watch this beautiful video from BBC of a spider's web.
Beautiful Spider web
Focus for Your Stroll
As you Stroll today, keep an eye out for a spider’s web. Maybe you even have some in your home, or garage. If you find one, stay and observe for a few moments.
Ponder your own story.
Where is your strength?
Where is your inspiration?
Where is your knowledge?
Where is your warmth?
Peace to your house spiders. May God cause all to be well with you.