Sunday, July 11, 2010

Along Came a Spider

“Or what king, going to make war against another king, sitteth not down first, and consulteth whether he be able with ten thousand to meet him that cometh against him with twenty thousand?”  --Luke 14:31

While outside photographing some flowers using my 100mm macro lens, I came across an interesting sight.  A tetragnatha pinicola spider appeared to have sensed movement.  It slowly made its way to the center of the flower where a honey bee was gathering pollen.  As both the spider and honey bee drew closer together, the spider carefully stretched out one of its legs, drew it back again, and backed away.  It appeared to have examined its potential prey and counted the costs before attacking.  The bee on the other hand seemed quite undaunted by the spider’s presence or covert probe.  The encounter reminded me of Jesus admonishing a great multitude of followers to count the cost of becoming His disciple (Luke 14:25-35), and just as He used common examples, we, too, should count the cost before venturing into a potential unknown.


  1. That was a very wise spider. Hopefully, we all will count the cost of any great enterprise. The cost of following Jesus is to give our lives to Him. Thankfully, it is SO worth it!
    Thank you Sweets, for another insightful entry. George