Back in April of 2014, I wrote a blog post which has become the most highly read blog post on Spiritual Musclehead. It was a silly post. A post that I didn’t think would gain much traction. It was based on the No Doubt song Walking into Spiderwebs. And the post itself became popular because people keep searching for “the spiritual meaning of walking into spiderwebs” or “spiritual significance of walking into spiderwebs” or “I just walked into a spiderweb, what the heck does that mean for cryingoutloud.” (You can read full the post itself here). Some have been grateful for my blog post, others have said that not everything has to do with Jesus (I did remind them that this blog is called Spiritual Musclehead after all). Either way you look at it, it’s one of my highest read blog posts. Kinda cool.
But what’s up with people walking into spiderwebs? No doubt it’s a bit creepy when it happens. You start looking around for the spider, you think it crawled down the back of your shirt (or worse, inside your shirt) and you start freaking out. Or what about those who searched for the significance of always feeling like you’re walking through spiderwebs?
That I can’t answer for you.
What I can do is think about what it means to people to always be waiting for the next shoe to drop, the next spider web to walk through, the next phone call to screen. There always feels like there’s something else about to happen. And when you walk through a spider web, you start looking for other spiderwebs you might start walking through. And that’s just a creepy and gross feeling to have.
But we all have it at one time or another.
It’s called worry.
Worry is where we focus on what can happen. Worry is where we create a reality that doesn’t exist and take up residency there. Worry is where we colonize calamity and claim it as our own.
This isn’t a new feeling. It’s something that’s been around for a long time. A very long time. It’s an issue that Jesus himself addressed to people almost 2,000 years ago. During what is called the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus says this:
“I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes?” Matthew 6:25
That’s a little easier said than done if you ask me. But Jesus is driving a point home here. People worry. We all worry. This thing about worrying comes on the heels of Jesus saying that you can’t serve God and money at the same time, you can’t be a servant of two masters. And it’s said right before he talks about judging others. In looking at the Sermon on the Mount, you can see that worrying is a part of the whole of how we live life, and Jesus is saying that we shouldn’t worry.
“Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life?” Matthew 6:27
Jesus says to look at the birds in the air, they don’t go out shopping at the grocery store, they don’t fret about paying bills and God takes care of them anyway. Now, God doesn’t drop food into their beaks, but he does provide for them. And Jesus says look at the flowers in the field, those wildflowers. They are beau-tiful. And they will whither and die, but look at how pretty they are–No Kardashian looked prettier than the flowers in the fields do. He says that our Father in heaven knows what we need, so don’t chase after these things. He hits the point home by saying this:
“But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.” Matthew 6:33-34
Wow. I sometimes wish he had stopped one sentence before he did. Tomorrow can worry about itself. That’s some good thinking. That dog will hunt. But to then say that each day has enough trouble of its own. Dude. Ouch. That brings it all a little to close to home.
And that’s why people keep searching about walking into spiderwebs. They know that something’s wrong. And they worry. Each day is going to have issues. Each day is going to have its problems. Each day WILL have a spiderweb.
The thing is, is how will you react to it. Will you worry, fret, despair and all around get cranky about what’s going to happen next, or just realize that each day will have issues of its own. When we worry, we miss out on the things in this life that are happening now. Right now. When we worry, we freak out and miss out on what God is doing now.
So focus on now, not on the spiderwebs that may come, but on what is going on now and what God is doing now for you, in you, and through you.