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Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Faith story - Spider web and brick wall

During World War II, a U.S. Marine was seperated from his unit on a Pacific island.  The fighting had been intense, and in the smoke and the crossfire , he had lost touch with his comrades.

Alone in jungle, 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.  He quickly crawled inside one of the caves.  Although safe for the moment, he realized that once the enemy soldiers looking for him swept the ridge, they would methodically search all the caves, and he would be discovered and killed.

As he waited, he prayed, "Lord, if it be your will, please protect me.  Whatever Your will, though, I love and trust You.  Amen."

After praying, he lay quietly listening to the enemy begin to draw closer.  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 the spider layering strand after strand of web across the opening to the cave, he thought, "Hah!  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, after glancing in the direction of the 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 that God can work in our lives, sometimes in the most surprising ways.

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