It has been said that if you want to learn the mysteries of the oceans, study the dewdrop.
I say, if you want to know the depths of the universe, study the spider’s web. (porch photo)
The planning, design, math, (including the lines, the space, the angles) construction, consistency, reliability, strength, material, the overall splendor, ALL preach with one accord the magnificence of nature thanks be to the Creator of nature.
The universe in all its glory can easily be seen in the web made while you were sleeping. The songbird has little use for this marvel, as he/she is not so wired, and could not find one teacher on earth to so instruct her in the way a spider knits. And of course, there is a song that the spider cannot sing, yet the same wonder is expressed by that alone what he does best.
Nature does not compete with bragging rights like people do as they beat their breast for hitting a home run or dunking a basketball. No, nature is unassuming and dignified, and does not boast. Words are not needed, as the actions themselves are stereophonic.
Can you hear the reverberations of the silk strings pluckt by the little fella? Oh yeah, the universe sings, above and below. Can you not see the constellations of the sky in its customary display of repetition and design? Are not these daily reminders of the miraculous taken for granted as if they are not incredible?
And it is a WorldWideWeb, a quiet reminder that truth knows no boundaries. Go ahead, swat that web so it doesn’t get in your hair, and you will wake up tomorrow seeing the same web in the same place. Supernatural really. But look at the lines, the spacing, the angles.
If you look a certain way, it disappears, and so will snag a bug that will see its last day. And so the Creator’s universe will be happy to snare the foolish back to sanity, that is, if we but pay attention. Go ahead, YOU try to make a spiders web if you think it is no big deal. Get the materials. Spin it.
And yet the spider does it, having never had a lesson. The apostle was so right: ‘Doth not nature itself teach you?’ Of course it does, if we as humans learn a thing or two about who God is, and who we are not.
But aah, who we are makes all the difference, because as The Creator has so equipped the spider to create such magnificence, He has also withheld from his family the fact that he was not created in the image of God, as this was reserved for man alone. True, we have made a mess of things, but not all.
And in this nature agrees, for the whole creation groans. Need proof? How delighted are you being waken up at 3am by a kid in a racing car with a broken muffler and the idiotic boom box pulsating that you can hear a mile away, as it beats out something other than music?
Even the spider runs and hides as his web shakes from the noise, but I prefer the calm coos of the doves, as the cadence and songs of nature are tuned by the only Maestro. Evolution? Blah blah blah. Creation? Obviously.