The air is crisp as I make my early morning trek out to the chicken coop that I’ve made thousands of times. I can smell it in the air. That dry, burnt smell, signifying the conclusion of another summer coming to an end. Truly, autumn is upon us. My feet know the path by heart. I swerve to the left to avoid a rock, then to the right, avoiding a stump. I shift the bucket of scraps to my left hand so that my right hand is free to pull down that spider web. The one that’s always there in the same place. Every day. There is nothing worse than a spider web in the face! My hand freezes in mid-air when I see her. I pause to observe Miss Spider. She must be pretty dumb, to spend her whole night toiling over a web in which I will tear down… first thing… every morning. You’d think she’d learn. Give up. Go somewhere else.
And it was in that quiet still moment, that God whispered “Is that what YOU want, daughter? To give up? Quit? Go somewhere else? Somewhere where all your labor will not be torn down at the hands of others?”
“Yes, God. To be honest, I’d love that. You see how hard I try, how much of myself I invest. How, more often than not, my efforts are torn down by the ignorance of others.”
“My daughter, you have missed the point. The spider is not wasting her time. For she is doing what I created her to do! It is for ME she weaves each strand of her web into majestic beauty and preciseness, with no concern for what I will allow to happen to it tomorrow. And so it is with you, daughter. Just keep weaving the web of your life, one strand at a time, one spoken word at a time, one prayer at a time, one sacrifice at a time, one act of forgiveness at a time, one labor of love at a time… because it is what I have created you to do. Remember it’s all for Me. And to Me, the web you are weaving is beautiful. And that is enough.”
I Chronicles 28:20 ~ “And David said to Solomon his son, Be strong and of good courage, and do it: fear not, nor be dismayed: for the LORD God, even my God, will be with thee; he will not fail thee, nor forsake thee, until thou hast finished all the work for the service of the house of the LORD.”
Hebrews 13:20-21~ “Now the God of peace, that brought again from the dead our Lord Jesus, that great shepherd of the sheep, through the blood of the everlasting covenant, 21 Make you perfect in every good work to do his will, working in you that which is well pleasing in his sight, through Jesus Christ; to whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen.”