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Spiders and Wives

Sep 14, 2010

There’s a spider outside my son’s window. He’s one of the largest I’ve ever seen. My sons and I have stood on the window sill inside their room and looked on in amazement. While they’ve kept a close eye on the critter itself, I must admit, I’ve been more amazed by the immaculate web it has constructed. The well-woven tapestry is a sight to behold. To see it in person is to behold a masterpiece. It is expansive and detailed, and must have taken some painstaking all night effort to cast. In fact, so diligent an architect is this 8 legged insect, that he’s woven a specialized seam right up the center of the web to add greater stability. Brilliant.


Too bad it’s all about to come crashing down.

I feel bad for this little spider because while my husband has graciously given us a couple days to gawk, he fully intends to clear the web with one swipe of an outdoor broom and specially designed insect spray. 

All the hard work and all the attention to detail will be destroyed in just a blink of an eye. Can you imagine how that must feel?

. . . . . poor spider.. . . . .poor wives.

We spend our days. . . and yes, many of our nights, working diligently to build our houses. We take great care to make sure that they are comfortable, peaceful, joyful and are a safe haven for our families and friends. It’s our life’s work and our primary calling. We sit in the center of all we’ve created, against the backdrop of the special personalized thread we’ve woven right smack dab in the center of our existence for more purposeful protection for all we hold dear. All is well.

And then. . . just like that. . .it’s torn down. . . .and not by an intruder. . . . sometimes the destruction is our fault.

The wise woman builds her house but the foolish one tears it down with her own hands – Proverbs 14:1This spider’s a bit better off than us. Sure, he’s about to lose his house, but at least he won’t have himself to blame.How have you seen women tearing their own houses down lately? How are they doing it?

How would you encourage a single woman preparing for marriage to stand guard against doing this? Priscilla