Ever since I was quite young I’ve been afraid of creepy-crawlies – spiders, butterflies etc..
The butterfly terror started when I was in the playground at school and suddenly one flew straight at me. I now know that their guidance system is so acute that they won’t actually hit anything, but I didn’t have time to think about the behaviour of Pieris brassicae – I just screamed. You can imagine the result of a screaming child in a school playground, but we won’t go into that!
The anxiety didn’t stop at butterflies. In later life I lived in or visited several countries overseas where creepy-crawlies abound, including Hong Kong, Cyprus and Thailand . It was not an easy time, I can tell you. I have lots of tales to tell about me and cockroaches, but not this time! And now, even though I’m well into my second childhood, I still treat spiders with great respect.
So, imagine my horror yesterday at finding a spider in the bath!
We don’t have a separate shower or wet room, just a small shower unit over the bath. This arachnid was there and I wasn’t going to get into that bath until he moved. I realise that he was several million times smaller than me, but that gave me no reassurance. (We won’t go into how I managed to bathe that day).
This morning I went into the bathroom and he’d gone! But how? And where? I always leave the plug in to minimise draughts (and spiders!) so he couldn’t have gone down there. I looked everywhere but couldn’t see him. So, I felt quite secure about taking a shower.
Halfway through I spotted him! He peeped out from behind a small soap dish I have in the corner of the bath. Was this going to be the confrontation I’d always dreaded? But, as I looked at him (I’d named him Boris), I realised that he wasn’t so big after all. Actually I felt quite silly being so afraid of such a tiny and rather handsome specimen. It wasn’t half as bad as I’d made out.
But, isn’t that like life’s problems? Sometimes something will seem virtually insurmountable, but, if we face it head on, with God’s help and putting our trust in Him, we will beat anything.
“I can do everything through Him who gives me strength.”
(Philippians 4 verse 13)
“Come near to God and He will come near to you.”
(James 4 verse 8)
“Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the Lord your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.” (Deuteronomy 31 verse 6)
(All Scripture references are taken from the N.I.V.)