The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament shows His handiwork (Psalm 19:1).
JoAnn is a dear friend, and one of the most godly women I know.
The other evening at Bible study we were reading from Matthew 10:16, where Jesus told His twelve apostles to be wise as serpents as they went about preaching to the Jewish people. This led to a discussion of snakes … and spiders … and sharks … and how the images of these creatures bring fear to the western mind.
JoAnn interjected that a few days earlier she’d found a brown spider in her apartment. She was concerned that it could be of the poisonous variety and determined to get rid of it the next morning.
In the morning she found that the spider had created a beautiful spiral web in the corner of her home and the spider was sitting in the middle of the web waiting for her. “It was like she made the web just for me, to tell me that she was the good kind of spider, and to remind me of the glory of God.”
Me, I’d have squished that spider at the first appearance of it’s spindly little body. I wouldn’t have waited; and I still wouldn’t wait. Dear JoAnn is a woman of grace, even to creepy-crawlies.
Most of the unsaved are waiting for God to show Himself with an earth-shattering miracle to convince them of His existence. Many Christians I know are waiting to hear God’s voice in a shout of new revelation because His Holy Word isn’t sufficient. But some few believers are awed by the glory of His presence in the simple things all around them.
Behold, the Lord passed by, and a great and strong wind tore into the mountains and broke the rocks in pieces before the Lord, but the Lord was not in the wind; and after the wind an earthquake, but the Lord was not in the earthquake; and after the earthquake a fire, but the Lord was not in the fire; and after the fire a still small voice (1 Kings 19:11-12).