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Along Came a Spider

Share This Devotional - The other day while at work, I decided to take my morning break outside and enjoy the warmth of the sun and a much needed breath of fresh air. I soon spotted my favorite picnic table underneath the willowy arms of an evergreen, and knew the invitation was too good to pass up!

While sitting there I started to notice, as if for the first time, all the different kinds of trees surrounding me. There were pine trees, spruce trees, maple trees and the most gorgeous lavender and pink crepe myrtle trees, all beautifully posing as if they had suddenly become aware of my inspecting eyes. 

As I gazed at the course textures of the brownish-gray bark, I began to imagine the invisible sap quietly traveling upward, steadily carrying the much needed life substance to each branch, stem, and leaf.  Then I recalled the words of Jesus when He said:

"I am the true vine, and my Father is the husbandman. Every branch in me that beareth not fruit He taketh away: and every branch that beareth fruit, He purgeth it, that it may bring forth more fruit. Now ye are clean through the word which I have spoken unto you. Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the vine; no more can ye, except ye abide in me." ( )

The Holy Spirit faithfully reminded me of the importance of knowing and relying on my own internal life source, which is nothing more then the divine sap of God (so to speak) coursing through me nonstop, 24/7 -- and, just like the living substance that continually moves through the trees at any given moment, I could “tap” into my own constant flow, and be immediately mainstreamed into a place where I live, move, and having my being in Him! ()

As I continued in thought, I happen to look down and there was a tiny, speckled spider scurrying along the wood surface of the table. Suddenly he started heading directly toward my hand, so I quickly placed a potato chip in front of him, causing him to detour, in the hopes of being spared the creepy, crawly journey of his tiny eight-legs across my fingers. I watched as my little friend slowly backed up and then swiftly ran down an open crevice disappearing out of sight. Glancing down at my wrist-watched, I realized that my break was over, and it was time to head back to my desk.

Later on that morning, while typing up some last minute correspondence, I happened to look down and out of the corner of my eye, saw a miniature -something or the other- running full speed across the top of my keyboard! It stopped on the "Z" key, and I was able to confirm that it was the very same spider that had visited me earlier. That sly little critter had hopped the train of my clothing and wandered into my office!

Well hey little fellow (was my greeting to him). Now you know that if you stick around here, you’ll be far away from your “life source” and you won’t be able to make it!

Right away, I grabbed a plastic cup and transported him back outside and gently placed him under the tree, where we had first become acquainted!

At that precise moment, I realized the spiritual lesson that I was visually beginning to take in -- how all of us, as God’s creations whether big or small, from the insect world, plant world or “human” world, are all very much dependent upon staying connected to our “life source” in order to survive, and not just survive…but thrive! 

"Consider the lilies, how they grow," we generally pass this invitation by lightly, considering the beauty and perfume of the flower, but not really noticing the "how" of the lily -- howit simply expresses life byway of its’ life source!

The Life of God is eternally moving in the universe, and the moment man is aligned with this force he sees things taking place very naturally and with a divine ease.  It is wonderful when we sense the God Power moving through us, and when we begin to see that our body is the temple of the Living God, and that we are chosen to be living expressions of Himself…in the Earth!

"I and my Father are one" becomes the beautiful revelation of our true life, and it can only be found… in Him!

What else can we possible say other then, what a wonderful and glorious life we have indeed! 

For in Him we truly do live and move and have our being. ( ).

I have come to give you life, and that life more abundantly! 


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Missey Butler is a freelance writer and contributor to

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