Friday, October 17, 2008

God, the Marine, and the Spider

Here's a little story to brighten your day, this Friday. Put life in perspective:

God, the Marine and the Spider

During World War II, a US marine, PFC Greg Hammen was separated from his unit on a Pacific island. The fighting had been intense, and in the smoke and the crossfire he had lost touch with his warrior brothers.

Alone in the jungle, he could hear enemy soldiers coming in his direction. Scrambling for cover, he found his way up a high ridge to several small caves in the rock. Quickly he crawled inside one of the caves. Although safe for the moment, he realized that once the enemy soldiers looking for him swept up the ridge, they would quickly search all the caves and he would be killed.

As he waited, PFC Hammen prayed, "Lord, if it be your will, please protect me. Whatever your will though, I love you and trust you. Amen."

After praying, he lay quietly listening to the enemy begin to draw close. He thought, "Well, I guess the Lord isn't going to help me out of this one." Then he saw a spider begin to build a web over the front of his cave.

As he watched, listening to the enemy searching for him all the while, the spider layered strand after strand of web across the opening of the cave.

"Hah,” he thought. "What I need is a brick wall and what the Lord has sent me is a spider web. God does have a sense of humor."

As the enemy drew closer he watched from the darkness of his hideout and could see them searching one cave after another. As they came to his, he got ready to make his last stand. To his amazement, however, after glancing in the direction of his cave, they moved on.

Suddenly, he realized that with the spider web over the entrance, his cave looked as if no one had entered for quite a while.

"Lord, please forgive me," prayed the young man. "I had forgotten that in You a spider's web is stronger than a brick wall."

We all face times of great trouble. Probably sooner than we realize.
When we do, it is so easy to forget what God can work in our lives, sometimes in the most surprising ways.
Remember, with God a mere spider's web becomes more than a brick wall of protection.

Your brothers and sisters at TBN are there to help. If you reach out, they will be there.

1 comment:

Pennie Colen said...

I really enjoyed this story. Thank you for taking the time to post it.