Beyond Fear

When I first entered the old barn, I was startled as I turned a corner and saw the spider a few inches away. People are generally not fond of spiders. “Heartwarming” doesn’t describe our first reaction. I’m no exception, yet there is mystery, beauty and benefit within the life of every creature. Spider silk (the web) is comprised of proteins which are the product of living cells. The strength of the web when compared to that of steel on a weight-basis is about 6 times stronger. Amazing! Scientists and engineers don’t know how spider silk is made; but they are intent on discovering the answer. This discipline of study is known as “biomimicry”; man’s attempt to do what nature does naturally.

Every creature has a creator and there is great wisdom in seeking to know more of our Creator’s heart and secrets. To know God is to pursue and trust Him.

Jeremiah 9:23-24 (NIV)

This is what the Lord says: “Let not the wise boast of their wisdom or the strong boast of their strength or the rich boast of their riches,but let the one who boasts boast about this: that they have the understanding to know me, that I am the Lord, who exercises kindness, justice and righteousness on earth, for in these I delight,” declares the Lord.

So quickly we recoil and run from circumstances which at first sight seem unpleasant or uncomfortable. Certainly we could profit by first pausing to ask our Creator to reveal His purpose and intentions in allowing the experience. Our humanity demands that we avoid all pain and suffering; when in fact it is often our distress that humbles our willfulness, breaks our pride and trains us to seek and depend upon God.

Psalms 138:8 (AMPC)

The Lord will perfect that which concerns me; Your mercy and loving-kindness, O Lord, endure forever—forsake not the works of Your own hands.

Time out

Precious Father, when I only see the spider in my situation prompt me to stop and consider your will and purposes. Send your Light to reveal hope and understanding. Holy Spirit enable me to see and believe beyond immediate discouragements. Dear Lord, increase my trust in the fact that your grace is sufficient for me. Help me to remember that in your presence is fullness of joy. Amen

Today in-Christ

Today I’ll intentionally take time to stop, inquire, listen and wait for the Holy Spirit to speak to my deepest needs.  I will be confident in Christ’s grace while God’s light and His Word allow me to look further than my fear, selfishness and first impressions.

Philippians 1:6 (NIV)

being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.

Beyond Fear

Fearful doubts

Point to our shame

We passively suffer

Smothered in blame

Confident only

Of failing again.

Despondent creature

Listen and know

I stand with you now

And wherever you go

I’ll lift and love you

Beyond your dark hour

The victory is won

Trust deep in my power.

Author: Fred Carlson

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