“I don’t like spiders and snakes,” that old song could have been written for me. Most crawling creatures that make their way into my home will be gingerly scooped up and then will find themselves flying through the air as I pitch them from my front door. I have done my part in sparing their life, sticking the landing is up to them. Spiders, however, do not have that same opportunity. I can’t bring myself to actually squish them so they are gathered into a cloud of Kleenex and sent to a watery, swirling, toilet-shaped grave.
Because of that, it came as quite a surprise to me when I developed a healthy dose of respect for a little spider. Several weeks ago I came out of the house to drive to work and there was an intricate spider web stretching from my driver’s side mirror to the side of my car. I was totally grossed out but saw no evidence of the 8 legged foreman responsible for the job so I hopped into my car and took off down the highway. The 55 mile-per- hour trip did what I thought it would do and the hard work of the spider laid in tatters when I reached my office.
The next day, the same thing happened, a web stretched across the exact same area. I drove to work and all that hard work was destroyed. This went on for two solid weeks! One morning I came out and the spider, which at this point I was talking to even though I had never actually seen him, was out on the tiny silk strands of his web. I watched as he raced into the confines of my side mirror for his daily commute. I had to tell the little guy, “Dude, I am impressed by your perseverance.”
As much as I dislike spiders there was a part of me that started rooting for my persistent friend. I wanted him to succeed. I wanted that web to make it from my parking lot to my work garage. I didn’t want my new buddy to give up.
And I thought of God and how he must cheer for us, how he must long for us to persevere.
That dream God has planted in you? If it is from him, don’t give up. That child who has broken your rules and your heart? Keep praying and don’t give up. That habit you want to kick once and for all, rely on the strength of God and don’t give up. Most importantly, that friend or family member who needs Jesus but whose heart seems impenetrable? Keep loving, keep praying, keep storming the gates of heaven on their behalf and don’t give up.
And remember, God won’t ever give up on you!
Galatians 6:9 “Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.”