The Cobweb Parable

The August morning was ever so beautiful. The cold front had brought cooler than normal temperatures the night before, so the grass was heavy with dew. Grass on the paths under the trees was even wet. As usual, I was walking quickly with the dog in tow. On mornings like this the brisk walk is a distinct pleasure. I enjoy seeing God’s creation in the quiet of a morning on these paths.20150714-path-in-morning

We had gone about 200 yards when a cobweb wrapped itself around my face. Mr. Spider had spun his work the night before but I did not see it. So my peaceful morning got interrupted as I unglued my head and neck from the sticky pieces of web along with whatever other insects got caught the night before or earlier in the morning.

Some mornings I will run into three or four of their webs. It seems the spiders manage to string things across the path in August and September. During the those months many of the webs wrap themselves around me, causing me to spend quite a bit of time unwrapping and slinging away whatever is left of the webs.  My normal sight is on the path ahead, so I am not usually focused to see the webs. As you can see from the photograph, they are hard to see. My fingers are pointing in the general direction of the web, but the spider is much harder to see. He is the real culprit, and he will often re-spin his handiwork to meet me the next day.

With a cup of coffee in the evening, I was thinking about how many of these I had run into during the last few days. 20150714-path-and-spidersThe Holy Spirit reminded me of the process of getting rid of sin. Like the spider webs on the path, it does not do much good to keep slinging the web off each day. The problem comes back. Fighting against the manifestation of sin in our own strength does not deal with the problem anymore than getting rid of the cobweb gets rid of the spider. The spider still lives! If you don’t get to the spider, the web comes back. If you don’t deal with the sin through the work of Jesus Christ, the manifestations of sin just keep on going. Sin messes up more than just a day, it messes up the heart, and we don’t have the ability on our own to deal with it.

So when you deal with sin, attempting to just deal with it alone does not take care of the problem. That is  why we need Jesus Christ. He is faithful, because He goes after heart things if we let him. Then we can deal with those things before Him and be cleansed from the the sin that manifests itself.

1 John 1:8-10 If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ouselves and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness. If we claim we have not sinned we make him out to be a liar and his word has no place in our lives.




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