DAN! A SPIDER!!! Oh my, it was big. And yellow! I never saw a yellow spider. That should have been my first clue this spider was special.
Sitting on the patio in our new home, I breathed joy as nature's beauty surrounded me and our house in the woods. A place we named Serenity Lane.
Looking up, I gasped at the site of the yellow spider (I'm guessing three inches from end to end) busy weaving a huge, odd looking web, and disrupting my serenity.
Dan the man came to my rescue and the spider and web disappeared. I was thankful to return to the peace of the spiderless patio, but the writer in me couldn't forget that big bug. So I googled "yellow spider." What a surprise!
He was a "writer spider" named so because his web looks like a written message (or words in a book!). Writer spiders are good to have around because they are harmless to humans and they eat flies and other pests.
God gave me a writing buddy on our moving day. How quickly I judged that spider and wanted it gone. I'm sad my writer spider and I won't sit on the patio together creating words and sentences in our own languages.
I wonder how many people or circumstances or ideas we find annoying or serenity sapping and all along God meant as a blessing. Don't be quick to brush off that person sapping your time, the circumstance that interferes with your daily plan, the idea that sounds like an impossibility, or the spider over your head. They all may be gifts God is sending you for your pleasure and His purposes.
"And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose."
With love from Serenity Lane,