During the War, a US marine was separated from his
unit. The fighting had been intense, and in the smoke
and the crossfire he had lost touch with his comrades.
Alone in the hills, he could hear enemy soldiers coming in his direction.
Scrambling for cover, he found his way up a high ridge to several small
caves in the rock. Quickly he crawled inside one of the caves. Although safe
for the moment, he realized that once the enemy soldiers looking for him
swept up the ridge, they would quickly search all the caves and he would be
As he waited, he prayed, "Lord, if it be your will, please protect me.
Whatever your will though, I love you and trust you. Amen."
After praying, he lay quietly listening to the enemy begin to draw close. He
thought, "Well, I guess the Lord isn't going to help me out of this one.."
Then he saw a spider begin to build a web over the front of his cave.
As he watched, listening to the enemy searching for him all the while, the
spider layered strand after strand of web across the opening of the cave.
"Ha, he thought. "What I need is a brick wall and what the Lord has sent me is a spider web.
God does have a sense of humor."
As the enemy drew closer he watched from the darkness of his hideout and
could see them searching one cave after another. As they came to his, he got
ready to make his last stand. To his amazement, however, after glancing in
the direction of his cave, they moved on. Suddenly, he realized that with
the spider web over the entrance, his cave looked as if no one had entered
for quite a while. "Lord, forgive me," prayed the young man. "I had
forgotten that in you a spider's web is stronger than a brick wall."
We all face times of great trouble. When we do, it is so easy to forget the
victories that God would work in our lives, sometimes in the most surprising
ways. As the great leader, Nehemiah, reminded the people of Israel when they
faced the task of rebuilding Jerusalem,
"In God we will have success!" [Nehemiah 2:20]
Remember: Whatever is happening in your life, with God, a mere spider's web
can become a brick wall of protection. Believe He is with you always. Just
speak His name through Jesus His son, and you will see His great power and
love in your life.