Happy New Year
I was cleaning the kitchen counter Saturday when I disturbed a black widow spider. I went to get a glass to convey her safely out the door, but as I stepped away, she flew off the counter, making me doubt that I'd seen aright. So I went about my business.
But presently I felt crawling on my face and reached up and touched it before I realized that might be a real stupid idea - might cause a misunderstanding. But instead of biting me, she dropped back onto the counter, so I prodded her gently into the glass and put her out in the garden.
Black widows are generally even-tempered, but I did get bitten on the foot some years ago, and it did bother me all night. A bite on the face would not have been a good thing.
Whether she was unusually good-tempered or whether God shut her mouth, it would certainly have been indecent to repay her with death.
Nice way to close out the old year, with God's mercy to me. I can't wish anyone a happy and prosperous new year 2013, as far as "grain and new wine abounding" as Psalm 4 puts it. That won't happen.
But may you my readers and I find grace from the Almighty to put gladness in our hearts even though things do not go well with the world. God is "a very present help in tight places," as I have experienced and can testify. Let's find him in those tight places this coming year.