Of spider webs and the design of Life

Our first and most important relationship is with God. All other relationships radiate from this primal connection.

The summer that I turned twelve was the first time I ever watched a spider weave its web. As my mother and I sat on the dock at sunset, enjoying the quiet beauty of the afterglow and its reflection on the peaceful inland lake, we noticed a spider weaving its web between a post and a piling. It was a web that's made in the familiar cartwheel design: the radial threads running from the center to the circumference, and the connecting spiral threads running between them.

We certainly had front row seats for a performance I've never forgotten. Since that time I've observed many of these lovely, functional creations with interest. Recently, as I walked out our front door, I noticed a large orb spider weaving this familiar design between the honeysuckle trellis and the corner of our house. You guessed it—of course I stopped to watch! But this time the execution of the design seemed to carry a message, a lesson. I felt as if I were watching the drawing of a graphic illustration of relationships as they are set forth in Christian Science. A marginal heading (that had caught my attention before) from Science and Health by Mrs. Eddy came to mind, and it really lighted up. It reads, "Some lessons from nature."

God leaves nothing to chance!
September 10, 1990

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