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Four Little Things Upon the Earth (4): The Spiders

There be four things which are little upon the earth, but they are exceeding wise:
The spider taketh hold with her hands, and is in kings’ palaces. — Proverbs 30:24, 28

The littlest spider grasped her thread in her hands and spun her web between the branches of a tree. She wove the thread back and forth, creating a beautiful pattern. After a long night of work, the littlest spider rested.
But along came a thunderstorm. The rain pummeled her web, and the wind ripped it to shreds, leaving the littlest spider without a home.
Finding a new place to build her web, the littlest spider grasped her thread in her hands and spun her web between the beams in a house. She wove the thread back and forth, creating a beautiful pattern. After a long night of work, the littlest spider rested.
But along came the people who owned the house. They swept away her web with a broom and tossed the spider out of the house, leaving the littlest spider without a home.
Finding a new place to build her web, the littlest spider grasped her thread in her hands and spun her web between the gold-trimmed decorations on the wall of the palace’s throne room. She wove the thread back and forth, creating a beautiful pattern. After a long night of work, the littlest spider rested.
Along came the palace servant. The servant reached for a broom, intending to sweep the spider away from the king’s grand throne room.
But the king saw the littlest spider, and he took pity on her. “Leave her be,” the king told his servant. “She will keep the flies from bothering me when I sit on my throne.”
So the littlest spider was given a home. She didn’t care that it was huge and beautiful and covered with gold. She didn’t know it was an honor to live in a corner above the king’s throne. She was simply glad to have a place where rain and brooms didn’t destroy her web.
In gratitude, the littlest spider spun the most beautiful webs for the king, and he never had to worry about flies buzzing around his throne room ever again.
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The Bible tells us to take wisdom from the spider. We often think of spiders as pests that we kill or swat with brooms to clean them from our homes. But no matter how often we clean, the spiders always come back. The lowly spider is found everywhere, including in a king’s grandest palace.
As the people of God, we are like the spiders that no one wants. We are sinners who are ugly and icky. Yet God, in his good pleasure, takes pity on us and loves us. He chooses us and gives us an eternal home in his heavenly kingdom. We no longer have to fear the storms of life or what people can do to us.
And, out of gratitude for what God has done for us, we use our talents for his glory, and we obey his commands. He does not need us the way the king in the story needed the spider to keep the flies away, but he is still pleased when we obey him.
We should be content to be little spiders in God’s kingdom. We do not have to be great. We do not have to do great things as the people of the world call great things. By God’s grace, we use the little talents we have been given and spin our humble webs for God’s glory.