It’s that time of year. Leaves are starting to change colors, daylight is getting shorter, the temperature is getting colder. It’s time for baking pumpkin pies, jack-o-lanterns on every front porch, scarecrows and goblins in the neighbor’s front yard. It’s also time for something I do not care for at all: spiders and spider webs.
I hate spiders. I more than hate them. They creep me out beyond belief. I have this crazy fear that a poisonous one will bite me in my sleep and that is how I will end up dying. It’s crazy, I know… I saw a TV show one time where a lady put her shoe on and there was a poisonous spider in it and she got bit and died. I mostly wear flip-flops, but I do check my other shoes and shake them out before putting them on.
I seem to constantly encounter the little buggers. Read my previous (and hilarious) spider escapade Little Messes.
Last week as I was walking back from my mailbox late one evening, I saw a monster sized web on the corner of my garage. There was a monster sized spider right in the middle of it too. It was so big I just had to take a picture of it. I’m not sure why though because it creeps me out every time I look at it.
Thankfully it was not on the side of the garage I usually walk out of. Otherwise the neighbors would have seen my best ninja moves and a stripper show… If you have ever walked into a spiderweb, you know what I’m talking about. (Ok you may not have been tempted to rip your clothes off to make the spider didn’t go down your shirt, but I’m sure you jumped around a bit!)
I will admit that spider webs are works of art and amazing things to look at though. I cannot even fathom how a little bugger like that can create something so intricate. It’s all God’s handiwork, that’s for sure.
Spider webs are frail, delicate and easily destroyed. However they pose a big problem for bugs, moths especially. They are practically invisible to a moth. Once a moth runs into a spiderweb, it’s pretty much out of luck and soon to be out of life. There is nothing to save that poor moth from its sad fate.
Sin can be like a spiderweb too. Sins can often look very intricate, mysterious, tempting and like something that’s nothing to worry about. Sometimes sin can be almost transparent and you don’t realize what you’ve got yourself caught up in until it’s too late.
Satan is sitting there in the middle of his web just waiting for us to walk into it and get caught. Moths don’t fly into a spiderweb on purpose. We need to be conscious and cautious about our influences and our choices every single day. Like the Casting Crowns song says: “It’s a slow fade.” Before you know it you can find yourself stuck in the spiderweb of sin.
We need to be very careful with the thoughts we think, the shows we watch, the music we listen to and the things we read. What kinds of things do you surround yourself with? What is influencing you day in and day out? What about your children?
Unlike the moth who has no chance of being set free, we have the hope of freedom and forgiveness from sin. Jesus died on the cross to forgive us of our sins and give us eternal life. If we call on Him, He will pull us out of our spider webs and give us new life. If you are stuck in a spiderweb of sin, there’s no need to turn into a ninja to try to get yourself out. Just call on Jesus. Accept His grace and walk away in peace.
Romans 6:23: For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.
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