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Thursday, August 8, 2013

God's creation seen through a spider web

Relevant Ministry Blog Schedule:
Tuesday - "About Spiritual Health in Life and Ministry"

Thursday - "About Relevant Women"

by Pam Roth
Last week, we looked at the power of the web of destruction in our lives.  In the article, Cyndi also commented on how we can be used of God to help others when they are struggling with something in their lives.  This week, we will look at the power of God’s creation through a spider web and how God’s creation might speak to each one of us differently.


A couple of years ago, I had an unbelievable experience.  I woke up early just as the sun was rising.  There was fog rolling across our lake, and the dew was heavy on the grass and flowers.  As I looked out our kitchen window, I noticed the most spectacular sight: Hanging in midair was the largest spider web I have ever seen. 

Instantly, the thought went through my mind that I needed to capture this spider web on my camera before the sun burned the dew off the strands of silk.  Quickly, I ran through the house to gather up my camera.  Stepping outside the front door and onto the lawn, I immediately sensed the denseness of the air, and every blade of grass was weighted down with dew.  As I rounded the corner of our house, I saw the spider web sparkling in the sun like a piece of fine crystal.  Every strand of silk was covered in moisture drops, and it was one the most amazing sights I have ever seen. 

After taking a couple dozen pictures, I just stood in awe of this natural structure created by a common garden spider.  For some reason, I was mesmerized by it.  For several minutes, I just walked around the web.  Carefully…trying not to get caught in the web…I checked it out at every possible angle.  Even as I walked away to return to the house, I felt compelled to look back and take one last look. 

What was it that was so intriguing about this spider web?  Was it the monstrous size, i
ts intricate structure (spanning from the roof of our house to the garden just outside our kitchen window) or the idea that something is going to get caught and eaten by the spider that built this web.  Maybe it was the artistic side of me that was drawn to this web perfectly engineered by a spider and beautifully adorned by dew drops from God.  Or perhaps, it was the spiritual implications that a web can represent.  Could it be that the Lord was reminding me that He is the great Creator and that He has a master plan for everyone and everything that He has created?  Perhaps it was an illustration of how the Lord can use the simplest of creatures to draw man to Him.


Without over-thinking this scenario, let me ask you a couple of questions.  What was the last thing that stopped you in your tracks?  In other words, what has the Lord used lately in your life to get your attention?  Has it been something beautiful or something scary…like getting caught up in a web of circumstances? Is it possible that you are moving so fast that you’re missing the spectacular surprises that the Lord has in store for you?  When was the last time you did something that you enjoyed – taking a walk, having a cup of coffee with a friend, or finding some leisure time to be with your family? 


Here are a few more important questions:

  • How do you feel connected to God? 
  • In what ways do you see Him as your creator, provider, protector and healer?
  • What do you believe to be God’s plan for your life? 
  • How do you see Him guiding you through your life’s plan?  
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For more about Relevant Women - RelevantMinistry.org/RelevantWomen


The purpose of Relevant Women:
Relevant Women exists to train women to minister relevantly, to discover and grow in God’s call in their lives and to serve in their churches as godly leaders.
 

RW accomplishes this by:
•Teaching life changing truth
•Building significant relationships
•Practicing spiritual disciplines
•Defining our personal stories
•Developing our personal ministry



At Relevant Ministry, our vision is to equip leaders to minister relevantly in churches that will be healthy and thriving.

Our mission, to fulfill this vision, is training future leaders - building healthy ministries - and serving on the Gulf Coast. 



2 comments:

  1. The last time God stopped me in my tracks was with a rainbow. It changed my perspective and ultimately, my day. I love how God is willing to pursue us using his wondrous creations to declare his love and devotion to us... if and when we are willing to see it and accept it for what it is!
    Thank you Pam for this insightful and inspiring article!

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    1. Thank you, Cyndi. I am often inspired by nature and reminded that God is Creator God. With a foundation of knowing the Creator, I can see how He has a big plan for each and everyone of us as believers. My heart's desire is to follow that plan.

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