2 Timothy 1:7
For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.
I have an irrational fear of spiders. I scream if I am startled by a spider. I get nightmares after particularly frightening encounters with spiders. I can't even bring myself to touch a picture of a spider! I can't help myself.
I am terrified of spiders with the exception of jumping spiders. For some reason I see jumping spiders as cute.
On Sunday I discovered a horrifyingly, large, ugly, creepy spider by our front door when we were coming home from church. It gave me quite a scare!
I did some google-ing to identify this arachnid. Seeing all of the spider pictures in the results gave me the creepy-crawlies.
I found that this is called a Marbled Orb Weaver.
Marbled Orb Weavers are usually seen in late summer and fall.
They are not aggressive and are also not considered a threat to humans.
Bites are rare and are no worse than bee or wasp stings.
Nocturnal Marble Orb Weavers weave their webs in the evening and then in the morning often take their web down and eat it.
After learning about Marbled Orb Weavers I have been trying to appreciate them for what they are, unique creatures that display God's wonderful design and diverse creation.
In Proverbs 30:24 Agur says, "There be four things which are little upon the earth, but they are exceeding wise:"
Then he lists the ants, coonies, locusts, and finally the spider.
Proverbs 30:28 The spider taketh hold with her hands, and is in kings' palaces.
I have always taken this verse to mean that we can learn from the spider that even though we may not have status or wealth we can work hard and take hold of opportunities that will lead us to success, but not necessarily fame.
Any thoughts on this verse?
Also, do any of you struggle with spider phobia? (I made that up but I am sure that psychologists have a term for it. They have a label for everything!)