Listen to this devotional:
Listen while you read: "O Happy Day"1 (Lyrics)
Genesis 1:24 – Then God said, "Let the earth produce every sort of animal, each producing offspring of the same kind — livestock, small animals that scurry along the ground, and wild animals." And that is what happened. (NLT)
Psalm 104:24 – O Lord, what a variety of things you have made! In wisdom you have made them all. The earth is full of your creatures. (NLT)
The movement caught my eye. I was getting out of my friend's car to go to our Bible study and was looking down to see where I could safely place my feet. It had been a long winter, and everything seemed so dull and grey and lifeless. Would spring ever come? I leaned forward to get a closer look. I saw a wee little spider. He was no bigger than my pinky fingernail.
What are you doing way out here on the road? I thought to myself.
Out loud, I said, "Oh look! It's a reminder that God hasn't skipped spring."
Why did I notice this tiny reminder? Did God know that I needed a pick-me-up? I believe that He cares about the tiny little details of life. If He didn't, why would He have bothered making forty to fifty thousand different types of spiders? From small ones, like the one I saw, to huge ones like the Goliath Bird-Eating Spider with a leg span of eleven inches or even more: He sprinkled them all over the earth, except for Antarctica, where, apparently, there are no spiders — a good place to live if you seriously don't like spiders!
Let us be thankful for our God who cares about the everyday things in this life — like a tiny black creature with eight legs who "happened" to show up at just the right time.
Prayer: Thank You, God, for creating our world so masterfully for our enjoyment. Help us to notice every tiny detail and give You the praise and the glory. Amen.