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With everyday that passes we should sit and reflect.
Wonder at the beauty of your surroundings, believe in hope and love.
Forget what could have been, don't wonder at what might be. Make
decisions, pray, laugh, love, cry, shout, be unique. BELIEVE! Watch
the sun go down, stay up for it's rise. Learn to change, it's not
always a bad thing. Read the Bible and wonder at God's good works.
Take time just to sit and talk to him, just to sit and talk. Tell
though's you love how much they mean to you. Tell them you care,
don't waste your life, it is preciously short. Know that God is good
in all things, know that there is always someone who cares, even
when it feels like the end. Look for hope everywhere, it is our greatest
strength. Watch the world spin madly on.
Pray, laugh, live, love, cry, dream, sleep, talk, reflect, wonder,
believe, never give up hope there is too much good in this world.
by Mike Wilson
God and the Spider
During World War II, a US marine
was separated 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 the 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. 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 killed.
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.
"Hah, 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
We all face times of great trouble. When we do, it is so easy to
forget what God can work in our lives, sometimes in the most surprising
ways. And remember with God, a mere spider's web becomes a brick
wall of protection.