Are Spiders Really THAT Important?!

Let’s move on to spiders.  Never in my life have I seen so many creepy crawlies in one place!  I have seen the most ginormous/tiny/intricate/fat/ugly/weirdly pretty spiders in the last four weeks.  They’re everywhere.  And it doesn’t help that my new home is surrounded by woods.  My house is a magnet for long silky strands of sticky web. 

Today, I saw this tiny creature and had to snap a picture….it looked like a stinking crab floating on a web!  Turns out it’s a spiny orb-weaver which is a fancy name for harmless spider that eats bugs.  I suppose I can handle that.

As I walked away (feeling disgusted) from the spider, the Holy Spirit nudged me to remember that everything has a purpose.

For the body is not one member, but many…If the whole body were an eye, where would the hearing be?  If the whole were hearing, where would the sense of smell be?  But now God has placed the members, each of them, in the body, just as He desired.—1 Corinthians 12: 14, 17-18

Every person in the body of Christ has a role.  The sick or hurting benefit from the prayer warrior that kneels at the foot of her bed at night.  The clean rooms that the Sunday School classrooms meet in are courtesy of the volunteer who made sure it was tidy and sanitized.  The meal that was provided to the shut-ins by the hands of the family who love serving others is vital to our brothers and sisters in Christ. 

What one piece of service or action loved by one member of the body may be a dreaded task to another.  That’s the beauty of how God created the body of Christ.  Each function is meant to complement the other.  If we were all doing the same thing, other areas that could lead people to God would suffer. 

It’s vital for us to remember that each member of the body is valuable to our Lord.  I pray that as I go through the week, I remember that each of us is a loved piece of the body of Christ.

~Erin

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