This morning, as I gazed out my kitchen window, I watched a spider work non-stop at spinning a web that stretched in every direction. Host of insects were entwined in the silvery threads of the web like trophies of his accomplishments. And yet, the spider continued to weave a bigger web.
The spider and his web are akin to humanity as we work and stretch ourselves to a breaking point in an effort to prove our worth and value to the world. I am at the top of the guilty list as I weave myself into new projects that have no real purpose. Why do I do that?
I believe it is a ploy of Satan to distract us from fulfilling God’s intended purpose for our life.
“Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.” Philippians 4:6
Spinning a bigger web of accomplishments is meaningless unless it aligns with God’s divinely appointed plan. I have found that when I operate outside of God’s plan and try to control and ensnare my OWN dreams and goals, I become anxious.
The following scripture is often used to give validity to choices we make outside of God’s divine plan for us.
“I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” Philippians 4:13
The truth is, we can do anything we want, but God is not going to strengthen us if is not part of His divine plan; the plan that leads you to all things eternal and brings you to the place God desires you to be to fulfill His purpose within your life.
So many times, we try to spin our own web only to find God has different plans for us. When we move and breathe in the Spirit of God, we have peace. Are you living within God’s divinely appointed life for you?
“In Him we live and move and have our being.” Acts 17:28
Great post, Denise, and I’m sharing. I am guilty, too. Finally, in my 6th decade, I have learned to say no and stay focused on the work He has for me to do. A book that helped is The Path by Laurie Beth Jones. Once you’ve formulated your life’s mission statement (with His help, of course), your purpose is visualized and you can simply move forward into it. Blessings, Cousin! I’m so glad you’re using your gift of writing to accomplish His purpose for you!