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Snippet of the Month: The Most Spidery Month?

NewsSnippetNov14Meteorologists love to keep records of the weather and they are always keen to tell us if a particular month has been the driest, wettest or hottest on record. I don’t know if there is an animal equivalent but I would wager that September was the most ‘spidery’ month on record. I have no scientific basis for this assessment but I certainly don’t remember another month with so many spiders.

These eight-legged beasts have popped up everywhere, spinning their webs in the most inconvenient places. I have been caught in the face by a number of webs on my nightly stroll down the garden to feed the cat.

Not everyone likes spiders. However, it is difficult not to be impressed by the elegance and strength of their webs which can be both beautiful, when the sun catches the dew on the web and macabre, when full of flies.

Spidery September led to rainy October and just like ‘Incy-Wincy’ the rain washed the spiders and their webs away.  However, I have been amazed at the way in which these arachnids have taken to rebuilding their webs and without fail, have constructed even more impressive webs after the rain.

It’s not easy to bounce back from this kind of setback. I’m sure we can all think of a time in our lives when a situation hit us for six and we struggled to bounce back.

Romans 5 v 3 says: We can rejoice, too, when we run into problems and trials, for we know that they help us develop endurance. (NLT)

It seems odd to suggest that we should ‘rejoice’ in problems and trials. The original Greek word used for rejoice is  kauxáomai (Strongs 2744) which has the meaning of living with “head up high,” i.e.  boasting from a particular vantage point by having the right base of operation to deal successfully with a matter.

The spiders start their web by attaching to something firm. This enables them to repair and rebuild quickly. If Christ is our foundation then we will always have a solid base upon which to endure when problems and trials come our way.

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