How to Overcome Life's Challenges (Like a Spider)

 The spider and the beetle are locked in an existential struggle, not unlike the battle between our fears and our dreams. We can let our dreams prevail, just like the spider.  Photo courtesy: The Author

The spider and the beetle are locked in an existential struggle, not unlike the battle between our fears and our dreams. We can let our dreams prevail, just like the spider.

Photo courtesy: The Author

How to Overcome Life’s Challenges (Like a Spider) 

By Denise Grindstaff

I was sitting on my back deck, sipping my morning coffee and enjoying the trees and flowers while listening to the symphony of birds singing in the background. I noticed movement in my peripheral vision and looked up to see the spider web that I had noticed before but forgotten to knock down. I was immediately transfixed by what I saw. The small spider had a beetle at least five times its size trapped in its web. I watched as the spider began wrapping a little more of its silvery threads around the intruding bug.  This spider was using his natural talents to conquer his enemy.

The next stage was a fight between the spider and the beetle. It was almost as if they were dancing. There was a rhythm to their movements as one struck the other in synchronicity. I stopped watching after some minutes and returned to my coffee and reading, but a little while later, I noticed that the spider was now in one part of the web while the beetle was stuck in another. The fighting had worn down the enemy. Now, the spider simply had to wait. I didn’t actually see the final stage, but when I returned, the beetle had been devoured. Success.

One of my favorite ways to learn something is through nature, as a scene or an event comes to my attention and I contemplate it more and more. As I watched this process with the spider and the beetle, I was struck by how it relates to our lives as humans. A tiny spider has now taught me a valuable life lesson about how to face challenges Sometimes we have obstacles looming in front of us or enemies in our space that look larger than life. If we look at them from a logical standpoint, there is no way we can win. They are just too big. What the spider taught me, though, is that if we concentrate on our God-given strengths and abilities, we can rise victorious in the challenges before us.

 ...if we concentrate on our God-given strengths and abilities, we can rise victorious in the challenges before us.

...if we concentrate on our God-given strengths and abilities, we can rise victorious in the challenges before us.

Border Bottom.png

Overcoming life’s challenges may come easily at times, but oftentimes it will require a fight. We have to be at our best as we step into the ring with the enemy. It will require all of our strength as we spar for the prize. But what about after the fight? What about those times when we feel our strength is spent and the obstacles are still looming before us? We wait. Like the spider, we go to our own safe place, and we wait. We have used our strengths to capture and contain the enemy. We have fought to the best of our ability. Now we display patience, for we WILL overcome the obstacle when the time is right, and the taste of victory will be so sweet.

What are the challenges before you now? Which ones do you need to concentrate on conquering? Is there an obstacle before you that seems way too big to overcome? How can you use your strengths to fight the obstacle until it looks like something you can conquer? Maybe you need to wait. Maybe you have fought the battle and have the enemy in your territory. Is there still needed action, or is this a time for waiting in a safe place to regain your strength for the final conquest?

I hope this little story is an encouragement to you as you face, and overcome, the obstacles and enemies in your own life. Use your skills and abilities to conquer the challenge. Engage in the fight with all of your strength. Be patient. Then enjoy the sweet taste of success.

What other strategies have you used to overcome challenges in your life? I would love to learn from your experience.