So, these industrious Tennessee spiders got me thinking about life. Here’s the thing: spiders just do what they’re made to do, regardless of the result. Knock down their web and they will build another one. No gripping about how hard they worked or how awful failure feels. No pouting or complaining or saying “I quit!” They just keep right on making their webs.
In my life, sometimes I have worked really, really hard trying to follow God’s leading, only to feel like all my efforts were for naught. The relationship didn’t get better, the checkbook is still crazy tight, the kids are still going through whatever stage of rebellion or frustration, the laundry- oh the laundry! You know what I mean. It’s as if all the hard work and emotional energy and conversations and planning and praying have not quite succeeded in accomplishing the beautiful “web” my mind was set on. It’s sad, and hard and it makes me want to shake my fist in the air (Scarlet O’Hara style) and say “I quit!” But what that really shows is I am most concerned with the results of my life- not the process. God however, is more about the process. Excuse the stretch here but it’s kind of like Mr. Miagi in Karate Kid. Ralph Machio is so mad about having to “wax on- wax off” and “paint the fence” he wants to quit. It all seems so pointless as his goal is to learn some tricks he can use to keep from getting beat up on a regular basis, but Mr. Miagi is teaching him everything he needs, even though he can’t see it.
So, sweet friends, keep doing what God made you to do. Be the wife, mom, friend, worker, sister, daughter, aunt that God has called you to be. Mostly and mainly, be a worshipper of Him! Perseverance, the Bible says, produces character, which in turns produces hope. You don’t get hopeful by giving up and throwing in the towel. You get there by continuing to do the next right thing, over and over and over, until one day your character is changed. And it is in that change that hope appears.