Photo and Commentary ©2019 by Cheryl Boardman
Monday, December 9, 2019
Maybe it was because our teacher read us Charlotte’s Web in the fourth and fifth grades but, although I wouldn’t say I have an affinity for spiders, I’m not especially afraid of them.
I found these tiny spiderlings (pictured) and a host of their siblings on a small web on my deck. I don’t know what type of spiders they are but their coloring was quite unique.
Arachnophobia is technically an irrational fear of spiders. Some people will climb up on furniture if they see a small spider on the floor. Other people can have tarantulas in their house and not be overly concerned!
People have phobias, or fears, of all sorts of things. Some of these are more rational than others. Some people are so fearful that they are afraid to leave their homes.
We are told in the Bible that we have nothing to fear:
“So, with confidence and hope in this message,
strengthen those with feeble hands, shore up the weak-kneed and weary.
Tell those who worry, the anxious and fearful,
“Take strength; have courage! There’s nothing to fear.
Look, here—your God! Right here is your God!
The balance is shifting; God will right all wrongs.
None other than God will give you success.
He is coming to make you safe.”
Isaiah 35:3-4 (The Voice)