A Story of the Soldier and a Spider

Photo Credit: Petra via CC Flickr
Photo Credit: Petra via CC Flickr

During World War II, a US Marine 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 comrades.

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, he prayed, “Lord, if it is 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.”

Just 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 him, 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 it for quite a while.

“Lord, 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. When we do, it is so easy to forget the victories that God would work in our lives, sometimes in the most surprising ways.

As the great leader, Nehemiah, reminded the people of Israel when they faced the task of rebuilding Jerusalem, “In God we will have success!” [Nehemiah 2:20]

Remember: Whatever is happening in your life, with God, a mere spider’s web can become a brick wall of protection. Trust and believe that He is with you always. Just ask for his help and you will see His great power and love for you.


source: truthbook.com


      • Well…I had a stroke Tuesday, so I guess it’s bad. However, God chose to give me more time with my family. I’m home now but on bed rest. Getting stronger each day. Your words were exactly what I needed to read. πŸ™‚


      • A stroke? Please know that you will be in my thoughts and prayers. The Lord has a reason for everything even though we sometimes don’t understand them. Stay strong, rest, and get better. OUR Lord is good!


      • Thanks for your prayers. Instead of making me ask why or doubt, I feel closer to The Lord now. I’m not healed of all the illnesses I suffer from, but I believe it is for a reason. I’m resting and getting better. 😊


  1. Beautiful! Shows too how God knows the thoughts of men. He knew they would think that the web indicated that no one had entered that cave.


  2. God certainly works in mysterious ways. The moral of the story is to trust in God and His ways. He will answer you one way or another.


  3. Reblogged this on From guestwriters and commented:
    Many times we look for solutions in the wrong directions. Often we have an idea of difficult solutions when they could be so simple, and there lying in front of us, without us noticing them. At moments we also can loose trust in the Higher being because it looks as if we do not get the answer to our question right away. When we look at it, after we needed some patience, we shall see that the Most High always provides the best answer in our, but mainly also in His interest, and at His time.

    We should trust Him more and give our live in His hands instead of directing it so much ourselves.


  4. The story is a sure story that builds confidence and trust in God. knowing that his thoughts are not our thought and our ways are not his ways.

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  5. We can meet the spiders of the Lord everywhere in life.
    I am not a military man, but I have experienced a similar situation more than once. Then I did not pray, “Lord, if it is your will,” but I simply continued the work I started, believing that everything would be as it should be, without any “if”, because I knew well that the Lord knows us – sees and hears and cares for us even without any request. I knew it and believed it. And strangers saved me many times without any request – the spiders of the Lord are everywhere


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