Can you see the little neon green worm dangling from a silken strand? My little guy and I spotted it on our early morning walk, and of course had to stop for a photo-shoot. You can’t tell, but the little worm is dangling over the middle of the road with the nearest tree branch 30 feet in the air!!!
30 Feet To Safety!
How did that little worm get into that predicament?
Did it fall from the safety of a leaf? Get pushed off by another worm staking claim? Or did it ignore all safety rules. Can’t you just hear a motherly voice chide, “Don’t be nibbling too near the edge of the leaf!”
My goodness, but it just isn’t safe to be dangling in the middle of the road. One car passes and it’s, “Goodbye little green worm!” – or even more likely there were plenty of birds flitting about from tree to tree looking for breakfast. Needless to say the little worm’s odds,…weren’t good.
However our little green worm seemed to have a lick of common sense. Despite it’s predicament it wasn’t indulging in a “Oh woe is me,” pity party. Instead that little worm was clinging to it’s lifeline.
What was required of that little green worm? Cling and climb, nothing else. No freaking out. No thinking up the ‘worse-case scenario.’ No looking down. The only way for that worm to escape its past mistakes was to climb forward to its future on that nice leafy branch.
Isn’t it nice to know the Lord doesn’t put helpless little worms on 30 foot trees without a lifeline? Safety for that little worm was built into its DNA. It only had to trust and believe that the silken strand would appear when needed.
Have you ever felt like you were dangling at the end of a rope? Do life’s predicaments have you feeling helpless and vulnerable? No matter how you got to where you are by your own accord, or others, there is hope.
“Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.” Joshua 1:9
While watching that little green worm inch its way upward, I noticed it wasn’t paying any attention to anything, but its present task.
Hello, giant creatures were standing there talking about it, taking pictures of it, speculating on its odds of survive against that climb and all the hungry birds, but that little green worm didn’t stop and say, “Excuse me, I am climbing here, do you mind moving along?” – instead, it never wavered from its task,…from the one thing,…that would lead it to safety.
How easy is it for us to get distracted by our past mistakes, or present difficulties? How many pity parties do we throw? Or all those sleepless nights,…tossing and turning over desperate scenarios that will never come to pass. Instead we can cling to the lifeline of our salvation and unwaveringly press heavenward in Christ Jesus!
From a worm? Seriously?
- No matter what your predicament trust in the Lord’s provision! The Lord is gracious to build our faith. David didn’t tackle Goliath until he had conquered a bear and a lion, and I am sure that little green worm had had a test trial or two to assure its spinnerets were working for that safety line before it got knocked out of that tree. “And my God will supply every need of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:19
- Don’t freak out! Cling to your lifeline: prayer, worship, scriptures. Find a scripture for your need. Cling to God’s promises! “Your word is a lamp unto my feet and a light unto my path.” Psalm 119:105
- During your climb don’t look down! We’ve all made mistakes. Move forward, “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.” 1 John 1:9
- Keep your eyes heavenward. The world is going to try to distract you, to even frighten you, but never waver from your task. “But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 3: 13-14 No matter where you are in life. Don’t give up. Keep clinging. Keep climbing!