If you ask most people, they will tell you they hate spiders. They’re gross looking and usually enter our lives at the most inconvenient times – driving the car, eating outside, watching a movie, etc. But there are certain characteristics and traits of spiders we could learn from. There is a reason why God included the spider as one of the four things which are little upon the earth, yet are exceeding wise. Have you ever had a dream or vision of something great that you’d like to accomplish or attain? Maybe it is going to a foreign country and discovering your ancestry. Maybe it is writing a book or getting that degree you never got. Perhaps you might just be crazy enough to attempt to swim across Lake Michigan for a worthy cause! Many plans are laid to accomplish great things, but somehow somewhere along the way something goes wrong or something gets off-track. Soon the great plans that you have laid out become just that…plans, without any action. Some might say you can find the answer and solution in the Proverb below. “There be four things which are little upon the earth, but they are exceeding wise: The ants are a people not strong, yet they prepare their meat in the summer; The conies are but a feeble folk, yet make they their houses in the rocks; The locusts have no king, yet they go forth all of them by bands; The spider taketh hold with her hands, and is in kings’ palaces.” ~Proverbs 30:24-28 Imagine this: A new palace has just been built for a King. It is a huge palace with multiple floors. As of yet, no spider has taken their place in the palace. Now outside, on ground level, the feeble tiny spider whose sole purpose is to weave threads of silk sits looking at the high towering walls above, and considers the wonderful living quarters that must surely exist over those walls. It would be like you were looking up at the Sears Tower in Chicago from ground level and imagining how magnificent it must be to go up to the top floor and look out. It seems like an almost impossible feat, yet the spider never gives up. Does it stop to try and work out some complex, over-the-top method of catapulting itself over the walls and ending up in the king’s palace? No – without taking shortcuts, the spider simply takes hold with her hands and does the work that lies nearest. Day by day she patiently works at spinning her web and inch by inch the goal comes closer and closer. Eventually after much hard work she reaches the top of the wall and drops over onto the floor below. A great task accomplished that previously, could almost have been seen as impossible! But the spider doesn’t just stop there. When the people come and knock down the webs that the spider has created, they come back the following day only to find that the web is back! I believe that spiders have more determination and perseverance than most humans. Maybe we should be like the feeble spider. If God has given us a vision or some great work to accomplish, let’s take hold of this work with our hands and do the tasks that lie nearest. With determination and perseverance we too could accomplish things that previously we would have seen as impossible. My point is whatever dream or vision we have set for ourselves, let’s not try to run ahead or to take shortcuts, but like the spider, bit by bit, day by day, faithfully do the work that lies nearest, always pressing toward the end goal. The spider may be small, but by taking hold of the work that was nearest, it found itself in the king’s palace. If we as a people would take up and accomplish the work that is nearest to us and if we are faithful to do the littlest and humblest tasks, it is then that God can trust us with greater responsibilities, and bestow upon the greatest of blessings. Never give up on your vision or dreams. We live in a country where dreams and visions can become a reality with a little determination and perseverance.