This year my house is surrounded by spiders. I have seen them everywhere, along with their signs. Their webs have adorned my trees, back porch, flower garden, and any space they think they can catch a meal, including my van.
In the morning, their delicate creations show the intricacy of the spider’s work and the beautiful craftsmanship of each tiny arachnid. Then an amazing thing happens. As the sun climbs in the sky, out comes people, birds, pets, and their webs are quickly destroyed before they catch their first teeny bug. The one on my van got taken for a high-speed car ride that I am sure he was not expecting.
All their work is gone in minutes. Hours spent toiling and spinning to build something with fleeting beauty but no lasting impact.
The Apostle Paul writes to the Church in Corinth, and in his first letter, he says that on the Day of the Lord, everything will be tested by fire. In other words, God is going to judge what we have spent our lives doing. If what we have built survives, there will be a reward. If it does not, then we will suffer loss (1 Corinthians 3:10-15).
Looking out my back door while sipping a cup of chocolate milk, I saw the spider web and wondered how many people were building their human web. They are giving their life to constructing things that will not last. Houses, businesses, and bank accounts have beauty, but it is only temporary.
When you decide what you are going to do with your one life on this earth, you need to ask yourself, “Is what I am doing going to last, or is it like the spider’s web?”