I awoke to the cool mist of morning and walked the little pathway to my garden with coffee cup in hand. With sleepy eyes, I peered over the top of the gate, careful not to disturb the rare moment of quiet.
That’s when I saw it. There, suspended between upper and lower branches of the Cecille Brunner rose, was the most magnificent spider web. Now understand, I have zero tolerance for spiders and all things crawling and venom filled, but I do have a deep appreciation for the work that goes into the intricate weaving of a web.
I stood there staring for the longest time admiring the beauty in the little beads of dew that hung like crystals reflecting the first light of day. Luckily, the spider was nowhere in sight, and I was OK with that, but what she left behind was stunning and profound.
As I turned to go, I realized how each one of us live and thrive at the center of our own web, affecting those around us one way or another as we interact from day to day. Whether positively or not, our actions, our words, our attitude and the intent of our heart either reflect what lies within or deflect the work of God within us. The spirit behind which we share in prayers and praises, grief and triumph, in fact weaves either an undeniable strength of faith as we witness to others OR represents a conquered, defeated soul who’s given in and given up.
What are you reflecting from the center of your web today? Do your words reflect one of faith who is at peace and excited about your walk with the Lord? Or have you surrendered the fight?
“So if there is any encouragement in Christ, any comfort from love, any participation in the Spirit, any affection and sympathy, complete my joy by being of the same mind, having the same love, being in full accord and of one mind. Do nothing from rivalry or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves. Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others. Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus…” (Phil. 2:1-5)