Devotions, Encouragement, General Devotions

What a Spider Taught Me about Holding Tight and Never Giving Up!

“But as for you, be strong and do not give up, for your work will be rewarded.” 2 Chronicles 15:7

Something Strange in the Neighborhood

I was on my way to work this morning when something strange in my peripheral vision caught my attention.

There was a thin strand of spider web on the outside of my car, going from my side view mirror to just under my window. While I was driving (the speed limit, I promise) the string of web was weaving, wagging and waving furiously every which way in the wind.

Poor Little Guy (or Gal, I mean How Can You Tell?)

And the spider? Oh boy. I don’t know what that spider thought was happening to its life, but it was smack dab in the middle of the strand, all scrunched up in a little ball and hanging on to the little bit of web with all it’s little spidery might.

When I came to a stop, it went to the end of the web and worked feverishly (do spiders get feverish? Probably not, but it helps create the visual, so I’m going roll with it). Maybe it’s itsy bitsy brain was trying to make sure that thing was secure for the next go-round–I don’t know.

What I do know, I know Well

I do know, though, that somehow that little spider reminded me of myself. Today being Monday, I have what seems like a month’s worth of work stretching before me this week.

Life is crazy!

It’s Crazy, but it’s all Good!

Still, it’s O.K., because God has set these before me–my duties at home and my job at church–as my life’s work. My calling.

When the to-do list grows a little long and my days make me feel like the spider on that little strand, just hanging on to Jesus as tight as my entire self will allow. I know-I KNOW-I can cling to Him no matter what is going on in my life.

And, then, whatever chance I get, while it’s going lightening fast or when it slows down a bit, I am going to work as hard as I am able on the work He has set before me, because everything I do is for Him and for His glory and I just can’t stop doing it!

It will be Worth It!

Don’t get me wrong, now, it is not always easy and it is not always fun. (I have a feeling that spider was not exactly having the time of its life either.) What it is, though, is worth it–all of the hard work and busyness will be worth it, as long I continue doing it for the Lord and in His strength.

Don’t Give Up-Even When the Times Get Tough

That thought and the many promises of God’s Word keep me going even during the times when life is whipping me this way and that.

Even during the times when I would rather quit.

Even during the times when I am exhausted beyond my mortal limits.

Even when life is going so fast I can hardly catch my breath.

Even then, I will use the very last of my strength to hang on to the Lord and to work enthusiastically at whatever He has laid before me. Reward aside, it is the very least I can do for my precious Savior.


Dearest Lord, I thank You for the work you have given me-for what you have called me to do, I truly do. But, there are times when the responsibility of it all leaves me weary and ready to quit-times when all I can do is hang on to you and trust that You have set me on this course for a reason–and for a reward. Lord, please help me be faithful. Help me continue to work, not for the promised reward, but out of pure love for all You have done for me and all You continue to do. Amen

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