I love Joel Osteen, don't you? He looks perpetually happy everytime you see him on television, and I truly believe he really is that happy 99 % of the time.
Anyway, I caught his sermon on television yesterday morning before church and it has stuck with me, so much so that I want to share it here.
In a nutshell, it was about a soldier in Vietnam who was alone in the jungle. He could hear the enemy getting closer and closer. He started to run, but could only go deeper into the jungle.
Finally he came to a cluster of caves, and out of desperation, he chose one and hid in its darkness.
All the while he could hear the enemy approaching.
So he prayed. He prayed for a brick wall, an iron fist, anything to stop them from capturing him.
He came to terms with his mortality. And he waited.
Suddenly he noticed a spider in the mouth of the cave. It began to spin a web from one side of the cave to the other, and in no time it had woven it's web across the mouth of that cave.
The enemy approached the caves, and began searching them for the soldier.
When they came to his cave, one of the soldiers saw the spiderweb and suggested there was no way anyone could be in that cave...they would surely have disturbed that web when entering. And they moved on. One little spider saved that soldiers life.
How many times do we pray for that brick wall, that iron fist...or at least expect something huge and amazing to answer our prayers, all the while forgetting that God can take a lowly spider and create something extraordinary out of it?
The next time you pray and think that God hasn't heard you because he didn't send what you requested...look again. Closely.
Sometimes He just sends a spider.