434. If you want to live and thrive let the spider run alive. ~American Quaker saying

Little Miss Natalie sat on a tuffet
Pulling her weeds today
Along came a spider
Who sat down beside her
And frightened Miss Natalie away.


Much like a subtle spider which doth sit
In middle of her web, which spreadeth wide;
If aught do touch the utmost thread of it,
She feels it instantly on every side.
~Sir John Davies


Actually the spider didn’t frighten me away because I saw the thing before I ventured into its sticky lair and was keeping an eye on it. There was a time though that had I seen the likes of this guy, I would have let out a yelp, jumped up, and scampered far, far away. But the aging gardener that I am now is way too fascinated by the wondrous and interactive nature of Creation to do that these days. I did, however, not sit on my “tuffet” much longer because I wanted to get a picture of the spider and its web. As spiders go, it was a rather handsome fellow, and I’d never seen a web that had a vertical zig-zag strip down the middle like this one had. But shortly after I got up, grabbed my camera, and got back out there, I had only snapped a couple of shots when one of my yard cats moseyed up at my feet and touched the bottom of the web with his tail.  And as Sir Davies suggests the spider felt it because it then scurried quickly up to the top of its web to hide under an overhanging leaf. I waited a bit but it was hot and the spider, it seems, was just not going to leave the safety of its sheltering leaf. So finally I took a deep breath and reached out gingerly to tap the top of the leaf and sure enough when I did down the creature came back to the center of its web. As luck would have it, this time it went down the other side of the web which allowed me to get a shot of its underbelly. So if you look carefully at the photos, you can see its back in the first one and in the second one you see its underside through the web.

Such is the destiny of all who forget God; so perishes the hope of the godless.  What they trust in is fragile; what they rely on is a spider’s web. They lean on the web, but it gives way; they cling to it, but it does not hold. ~Job 8:13-15   ✝

Thank you, Lord Jesus, that you save, you heal, you restore, and you reveal Your Father’s heart to us! You have captured me with grace and I’m caught in Your infinite embrace! Like Saint Hildegard Lord, may I too be a feather on your holy breath and spread, like seeds, the gospel abroad.

13 thoughts on “434. If you want to live and thrive let the spider run alive. ~American Quaker saying

  1. Oh, we have those here….they terrify my two little ones. Every morning, they build a big web attached to the bunny hutch…which is their chore in the morning to take care of. I have to sweep them away and then they are back again the next day. 🙂 Yuck! ❤ Wonderful post, as always (albeit rather icky). 🙂


    • They would have terrified me as a child too. They are icky, but this one fascinated me because of the web he had woven. He’s still there and I will continue to give him a wide berth. Hugs, Natalie 🙂


    • I don’t like to get too close to them either, and trust me I gave this one a wide berth both while I was weeding and secondly while I was taking pics. That’s why the photos are not as sharp as I like. Well I’ve worked a couple of days in my yard now and again it’s time to rest my arm a few days.
      Hope you’re feeling better. Hugs, Natalie 🙂


      • I’m glad you’re being smart. I overdid it for a couple of days and then remembered to stop and rest the third day. I know God only rested on the seventh day, but I figure he has a lot more going for him…. I think I just made a religious joke!


      • Yeh, you did and it made me laugh out loud. I’ve done a bit too much too for 3 or 4 days so like you I’ll have to be a good girl for several. So hard for me to do! Thanks for the chuckle, Cynthia. Love, N 🙂


    • This one certainly seemed to be aware of my presence and the fact that he moved so quickly when the cat’s tail brushed his web, tells me he may be as afraid of us as we are of him. Hugs, N 🙂


  2. I will say that I tolerate the Gardener Spider. I remember when I was in grade school, other kids would always bring one of the Spiders to school in a jar for show and tell—I always wanted one in our yard so I could bring it to school—it wasn’t until I was much older, as in nowadays, that I have had such visitors to my yard. I watch them with respect knowing they are keeping my bug numbers down…but I keep a healthy distance 🙂
    Loved your post and observation but I still get the willies if I look at it too long 😉
    hugs and love —cookie


    • Thanks, Missy Bette! As long as they don’t touch me or get on me, I can tolerate them because they and their webs are fascinating. I pray you have a great weekend. Love and hugs, Natalie 🙂


      • We’ve got a huge web and critter outside an upper porch screen. Yes, it is fascinating to watch them work. We’ve been busy as the ISTY BITSIES the past few weeks. Youngest daughter getting married (second time around) on Sunday. We are blessed! Blessings to you and yours. ❤ Bette


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