SPIDER WEBS…come in all shapes and sizes. Another name is cobwebs. They are silken structures created by a spider. Some are so intricate, so beautiful. And around Halloween they become one of the symbols of fear and intrigue. I have to admit, when I accidently walk into one and it covers my face, this boy panics.
If you are a parent or grandparent you have watched and/or read Charlotte’s Web
many times. It’s a classic! Man, I gotta tell you, that is “some pig”! And I know we have all watched Hollywood mysteries where a web of deceit is spun. Gosh, even ducks have webbed feet.
Recently my eldest grandson, Luke, who is always looking for a good life lesson, took this photo of an incredible work of art by a spider on the Samford University campus. Webs are not just for looks…they serve a purpose. The spider traps its supper. Flies, insects and whatever mistakenly fly into its web.
A web is something formed by weaving or interweaving.* One of note is the World Wide Web (www). It is an information space where documents and other web resources are identified by URLs (uniform resource locators), interlinked by hypertext links that can be accessed via the Internet. It has become commonly known as “the Web.” English scientist Tim Berners-Lee in late 1990, wrote the protocols, along with the first browser. It is the primary tool billions use to interact on the Internet. It has changed people’s lives immeasurably. Embedded hyperlinks permit users to navigate between webpages. Multiple webpages with a common theme, a common domain name, or both, may be called a website.
One creative and talented Christian, Walt Wilson, was introduced to the web at its inception. God gave him the vision to start what is now Global Media Outreach
, daily reaching millions with the gospel across the globe. As I focused on Luke’s photo and thought about the web that serves billions of people in multiple ways, I was drawn to God’s spiritual web. The WWW has towers and satellites positioned across the world that are used for transmitting data.
Can you see the likeness to God’s current earthly kingdom? You and I, believers, are God’s ‘transmitters’ through prayer, witness and work. We are His ‘worldwidewebsters‘! He has us all around His creation. And you know what power source He uses–the Holy Spirit. He is sending and receiving ‘spiritual data’ to and through billions of us, here at home and around the world. Focus on Luke’s photo. Do you see yourself there? You are at one of those intersections, interceding, bringing hope to many lost and broken people. A pastor from D.C. told me a few years ago that “God runs His universe through the prayers of His people.” I agree. What about you ‘websters‘?
God’s worldwide web came about just after His church was formed. This is how He did it.
- First, the plan: ‘And Jesus came and spoke to them, saying, “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, even to the end of the age” (Mt. 28:18-20).
- Second, the power: “But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be witnesses to Me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth (Acts 1:8).
- Thirdly, the means: “At that time a great persecution arose against the church which was at Jerusalem; and they were all scattered throughout the regions of Judea and Samaria, except the apostles”….”Therefore all those that were scattered went everywhere preaching the word” (Acts 8:1,4).
And, unlike spider webs, His web is still in place and so very effective. Hey ‘webster’, get ‘online’ and impact someone today for the Kingdom.
Bill C. Dotson
Scripture taken from the New King James Version
* Webster’s Dictionary