Crafting in plain sight
If you take the time to stroll through the Memorial Garden, especially in the morning hours, then you are likely to spot an original piece of artwork or two that popped up overnight. These masterpieces never last more than a day, falling away as quickly and silently as they appear. To spy one glistening in the early rays of the sunrise is a true honor—a blessing that can seem handcrafted just for you. I am talking about the often underappreciated but no less breathtaking creation: the spider web.
While spotting an enormous spider itself is not how I like to start my day, there is something about coming across its weavings that I find mesmerizing. Though, I suppose that is the point. Spiders intentionally spin their webs in ways that attract other living creatures, namely insects. That is why spiders form hypnotic, concentric circles of silk as opposed to, say, zigzags or a checkered pattern.
You can learn a lot about the nature of spiders from their webs. The hours of labor that go into constructing their masterful designs day after day demonstrate the spider’s cleverness, work ethic, resiliency, and creativity. If you would take an extra minute or two the next time you are passing through your garage, rummaging for something in the basement, or ascending your front steps to peer into the patterns of a silky little masterpiece, then perhaps you may gain some greater insights into its creator.
Much like a spider that silently creates day and night, God is always at work in our midst whether we are aware of God’s presence or not. God weaves and works through patterns that reveal God’s very nature, much the way a web reflects the character of the spider that spun it. You can peer into the corners of your home and your life and spy evidence of God’s handiwork. These clues may be as simple as a note from a friend, family member, or care provider- someone through whom God’s Spirit of mercy intercedes when you need it most. Another one might be the sight of a tree changing colors out your bedroom window- a reminder that no matter the trials you face, you are part of God’s good creation that adapts and lives on season after season.
There are little things all around us with God’s fingerprints on them. Whenever we are troubled by our present circumstances or worried about what the future may hold, all it takes is looking around and behind us to realize evidence of the Creator at work. Though be prepared: admiring God’s continued efforts to bless creation is mesmerizing. That is part of how God attracts our gaze, drawing us into the breathtaking craft of faith.