Strange an­swers to prayer..!

Pakistan Observer - - OPINION -

O H! So very of­ten in times of deep trou­ble we cry to God to help us through and then stare with dis­be­lief; for in­stead of send­ing us a mir­a­cle we find some­thing so silly we turn away. Dur­ing a bat­tle, a young sol­dier found him­self and his army be­ing soundly de­feated by the en­emy. He and his com­rades hastily re­treated from the bat­tle­field in de­feat, run­ning away in fear of their very lives.

As the en­emy gave chase, the young man ran hard and fast, full of fear and des­per­a­tion. Soon he found him­self cut off from his com­rades. The sol­dier even­tu­ally came upon a rocky ledge con­tain­ing a cave.

Ex­hausted from the chase and the know­ing the en­emy was close be­hind, he chose to hide there. After he crawled in, he fell to his face in dark­ness, desperately cry­ing to God to save him and pro­tect him from his en­e­mies. He made a bar­gain with God. He promised that if God saved him, he would serve Him for the re­main­der of his days.

When he looked up from his de­spair­ing plea for help, he saw a spi­der be­gin­ning to weave its web at the en­trance to the cave. As he watched the del­i­cate threads be­ing drawn slowly across the mouth of the cave, the young sol­dier pon­dered its irony. He thought, “I asked God for pro­tec­tion and de­liv­er­ance, and he sent me a spi­der in­stead. How can a spi­der save me?” His heart was har­dened, know­ing the en­emy would dis­cover his hid­ing place and kill him. Soon he did hear the sound of his en­e­mies, who were scour­ing the area look­ing for those in hid­ing.

One sol­dier with a gun slowly walked up to the cave’s en­trance. As the young man crouched in the dark­ness, hop­ing to sur­prise the en­emy in a des­per­ate last-minute at­tempt to save his own life, he felt his heart pound­ing wildly out of con­trol. As the en­emy cau­tiously moved for­ward to en­ter the cave, he came upon the spi­der’s web, which by now was com­pletely strung across the open­ing. He backed away and called out to a com­rade. “There can’t be any­one in here. They would have had to break this spi­der’s web to en­ter the cave. Let’s move on.” Years later, this young man wrote about the or­deal. What he ob­served has stood by many in times of trou­ble, es­pe­cially dur­ing those times when ev­ery­thing seems im­pos­si­ble: “Where God is, “he said, “a spi­der’s web is as a stone wall. Where God is not, a stone wall is as a spi­der’s web!” Next time you pray don’t turn away from God’s sim­ple so­lu­tions..! —E:mail:bob­s­ban­ter@gmail.com

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