One of the marvels of the universe is the simple strands of silk created by the humble spider.

Arachnids methodically spin and weave their delicate strands into geometric marvels. It becomes their trip to the unsuspecting insect. It also becomes the fascination of a child on an idle day. When dew and sun filter through a web, it is a wonder to behold.

Few consider the wonder of that tiny filament that seems so flimsy. Yet, that strand, if bound together into a two-inch braid, could tow a jumbo jet without breaking. Yet, on its own, a single strand snaps at the slightest pressure.

Much of our lives are bound up with others, as we have learned well in the last year. On our own, we are weak, helpless, and struggling. The reinforced truth is each of us needs all of us.

Paul knew the power of the church was not in single Christians. Instead, it was the collective strength that made the gospel spread. Listen to is counsel to the Romans.

“For by the grace given to me, I say to everyone among you not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think, but to think with sober judgment, each according to the measure of faith that God has assigned. For as in one body we have many members, and the members do not all have the same function,” (Romans 12:3–4)

As we move forward, consider the fragile web of the spider.

-Robert G. Taylor-