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.
Ha, 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.
We all face times of great trouble. When we do, it is so easy to forget the victories that God would work in our lives, sometimes in the most surprising ways. As the great leader, Nehemiah, reminded the people of Israel when they faced the task of rebuilding Jerusalem, "The God of heaven, he will prosper us; therefore we his servants will arise and build!" [Nehemiah 2:20].
Remember: Whatever is happening in your life, with God, a mere spider's web can become a brick wall of protection. Believe He is with you always. Just speak His name through Jesus His son, and you will see His great power and love for you.
"God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Therefore will not we fear, though the earth be removed, and though the mountains be carried into the midst of the sea; Though the waters thereof roar and be troubled; though the mountains shake with the swelling thereof. Think on these things: There is a river, the streams whereof shall make glad the city of God, the holy place of the tabernacles of the most High." - (Psalms 46:1-4).
- Author Unknown
The Moral of this Story reminds the Yeoman of a similar story in the Bible which we all should read again, because, in our times and during another War we are fighting, seemingly against a very haughty enemy - Terrorism - we should remember that Little David stepped forward when Israel could not find a Champion to face the Philistines. (read 1 Samuel 17)
David's words here reflect what we who face this new enemy need to consider: "Then said David to the Philistine, Thou comest to me with a sword, and with a spear, and with a shield: but I come to thee in the name of the LORD of hosts, the God of the armies of Israel, whom thou hast defied."
So it is with us, who claim a Faith in the God of Israel. He is also our God, should we not face our own enemies, no matter who or what they are, with the same child-like faith as was possessed by little David, son of Jesse?
These truly are times that will try our souls, but if we take Faith in the Lord, who can be against us?
Solomon, David's son assured us in one of the early Proverbs, to "Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths. Be not wise in thine own eyes: fear the LORD, and depart from evil. It shall be health to thy navel, and marrow to thy bones." - Proverbs 3:5-8
When we think all is lost, and there is no escape, look for the little Spider weaving his Web in the door of your own "cave".
Heavenly Father, through seemingly small means performs his Mighty Miracles in our lives. We just need to open our eyes so that we may see them.
"God moves in a mysterious way,
His wonders to perform;
He plants his footsteps in the sea,
And rides upon the storm."
- William Cowper
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