When Everything Fits

Spider in spiderweb -- orbweaver spider, Los Angeles, CA
I love to observe and photograph spider webs. They are amazing architectural structures. Have you ever watched one being constructed? That is also quite remarkable. It never ceases to inspire awe that such a little creature can do such work. A great example of seeing the wonders of creation.

I have studied a little about spiders and their silk. They can create up to seven different kinds of silk. In a web alone, there are often three different silks: the strongest and thickest used as support, a sticky and flexible silk that catches prey, and structural non-sticky silk that the spider can use for moving around the web and not disturbing the sticky stuff. There are few materials in the world that are as strong and as flexible as spider silk. Nothing we have made compares to it. Researchers are trying to duplicate it, but so far, they have not been able to do that. Potentially a protective vest could be made of the material that makes up spider silk to create a more comfortable yet stronger vest than a Kevlar vest.

SC 7-2013-03I was listening to a nature podcast from BBC radio that taught me something new about spider silk. It is made from “building blocks” that are very compatible with human tissues. This gives it much potential for the medical field. Yet, evidently many rural people used to know this intuitively and would put spider webs on cuts and other wounds. The wounds would heal better and faster.

Sometimes I know we as humans tend to feel superior to the rest of nature. We all do. But are we really? Can we believe that God actually created a substandard nature just so we would look good? I find that hard to believe. God created an amazing creature in a spider, an architect and engineer that has outstanding capabilities with simple materials that we cannot duplicate.

SC 7-2013-02I have often heard people say they don’t see the value of some animal or plant. Who are we to judge God’s decisions? Sometimes I think it is best to just accept and enjoy the world as created. I think The Message‘s interpretation of Psalm 33:4-5 is spot on:

For God’s Word is solid to the core, 
everything he makes is sound inside and out.
He loves it when everything fits, 
when his world is in plumb-line true.
Earth is drenched 
in God’s affectionate understanding.

— Rob