DayBreaks for 10/01/13 – The Trembling Spider Web
Psalm 19:14 (ESV) Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in your sight, O LORD, my rock and my redeemer.
There is, of course, nothing that begins to approach the wisdom and truth of Scripture. But every now and then one comes across some statement that strikes a chord and one can sense the wisdom in the words. It seems that many believe that no one who is not a believer can ever speak truth, but that’s obviously not the case when one considers the words of King Nebuchadnezzar, Darius, Xerxes and others in Scripture who spoke truth but were pagans.
Frederick Buechner is not an unbeliever…he is a highly respected theologian. Someone sent me an email that had this tag line in it: “Humanity is like an enormous spider web, so that if you touch it anywhere, you set the whole thing trembling…. The life that I touch for good or ill will touch another life, and that in turn another, until who knows where the trembling stops or in what far place and time my touch will be felt. Our lives are linked together. No man is an island.” – Frederick Buechner
Think about his words. Think about witnessing a spider web and how it trembles when the spider moves, or a fly lands on it, or even when the gentlest breeze blows upon the silky strands. What Buechner is saying is simply this: what we do affects the world for good or ill, in a far wider circle than we can ever imagine.
In the movie, Gladiator, the character played by Russell Crowe makes an observation that echoes this, but also expands on Buechner’s words. It goes something like this: “What we do in this life, echoes in eternity.” Wow. There’s a lot of wisdom and truth in those words, too. And it reminds us that not only do our actions and words here affect this world, but they affect eternity as well.
We might all be well advised to traverse our daily lives with more care and caution. It doesn’t mean we need to be stern-faced and somber. It means we need to be thoughtful and wise with everything for every action has ramifications. What is your life weaving?
May God grant us the wisdom to live in ways that bring good, not evil, to time and eternity.
PRAYER: We often flit through our days rather thoughtlessly and carelessly, Lord. May we be more attentive to the implications of our words and actions on those You bring into our lives this day, In Jesus’ name, Amen.
Copyright 2013 by Galen C. Dalrymple.
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