It is good to give thanks to the Lord,
to sing praises to your name, O Most High;
to declare your steadfast love in the morning,
and your faithfulness by night,
to the music of the lute and the harp,
to the melody of the lyre.
For you, O Lord, have made me glad by your work;
at the works of your hands I sing for joy
– Psalm 92:1 – 4
I do not know if I will ever understand all the creepy crawly things people seem to like to decorate their houses with this time of year for supposed celebrations of “halloween.” One thing I will never forget that I do not see as much anymore is the cotton like spreadable substance that served as fake “spider webs.” It was kind of like a polyester cotton candy. Anyhow, as with many things, this fake thing could never replace the real thing. The spider, and his web, though detestable to many, may be one of the most intricate and wonderful works of the Creator to whom praise is due.
It is rare that one might find the glory of God in the workings of the spider, but I challenge that if you have not found it, you really have not paused to think. I was reminded of the glory of God a few mornings ago while walking the dog and seeing over a large field the scattered silver traps of the little arachnids shining and glistening with the morning dew. As I knelt to look closer at one, my heart sang with the gladness of the works of the Lord. I was also reminded that I am not the first one to make this observation. Check out this excerpt from Great Awakening preacher Jonathan Edwards:
“OF all insects, no one is more wonderful than the spider, especially with respect to their sagacity admirable way of working . . . Nor can anyone go out amongst the trees in a dewy morning towards the latter end of August or the beginning of September, but that he shall see hundreds of webs, made conspicuous by the dew that is lodged upon them, reaching from one tree and shrub to another that stands at a considerable distance, and they may be seen well enough by an observing eye at noonday by their glistening against the sun.”
– Of Insects, Jonathan Edwards (Interested persons who want to read more may do so here:
So, this time of year, as you walk around and see the silliness of people’s creepy decorations and the ridiculous marketing of Wal-Mart, think about the real thing that is represented, the Spider, a mysterious little designer crafted by the Master Designer.