A young soldier found himself in a terrible and hopeless battle.
The enemy was soundly defeating this young man's army. He and his comrades
found themselves hastily retreating from the battle field in defeat,
running away in fear for their very lives. The enemy gave chase. This young
man ran hard and fast, full of fear and desperation, but soon found himself
cut off from his comrades in arms.
He eventually came upon a rocky ledge containing a cave. Knowing the enemy
was close behind, and that he was exhausted from the chase, he chose to
hide there. After he crawled into the cave, he fell to his face in the darkness,
desperately crying to God to save him and protect him from his enemies. He
also made a bargain with God, one which I (and perhaps you too?) have made
before. He promised that if God saved him, he would serve Him for the
remainder of his days.
When he looked up from his despairing plea for help, he saw a spider
beginning to weave its web at the entrance of the cave. As he watched the
delicate threads being slowly drawn across the mouth of the cave, the
young soldier pondered its irony. He thought, "I asked God for protection
and deliverance, and he sent me a spider instead. How can a spider save
His heart was hardened, knowing the enemy would soon discover his hiding
place and kill him.
And soon he did hear the sound of his enemies, who were now scouring the
area looking for those in hiding. One soldier with a gun slowly walked up
to the cave's entrance. As the young man crouched in the darkness, hoping
to surprise the enemy in a last-minute desperate attempt to save his own
life, he felt his heart pounding wildly out of control.
As the enemy cautiously moved forward to enter the cave, he came upon the
spider's web, which by now was completely strung across the opening. He
backed away and called out to a comrade, "There can't be anyone in here.
They would have had to break this spider's web to enter the cave. Let's
Years later, this young man, who made good his promise by becoming a
preacher and evangelist, wrote about that ordeal. What he observed has
stood by me in times of trouble, especially during those times when
everything seemed impossible.
He wrote: "Where God is, a spider's web is
as a stone wall. Where God is not, a stone
wall is as a spider's web."
[ Author unknown -- submitted by Rod McKenzie, via Paula ]
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