Thursday, January 14, 2010

LESSONS FROM A SPIDER

During World War II, a US marine was separated from his unit on a Pacific island. The fighting had been intense, and in the smoke and the crossfire he had lost touch with his comrades.

Alone in the jungle, he could hear enemy soldiers coming in his direction. Scrambling for cover, he found his way up a high ridge to several small caves in the rock. Quickly he crawled inside one of the caves. Although safe for the moment, he realized that once the enemy soldiers looking for him swept up the ridge, they would quickly search all the caves and he would be killed.

As he waited, he prayed, “Lord, if it be your will, please protect me. Whatever your will though, I love you and trust you. Amen.”

After praying, he lay quietly listening to the enemy begin to draw close. He thought, “Well, I guess the Lord isn’t going to help me out of this one.” Then he saw a spider begin to build a web over the front of his cave.As he watched, listening to the enemy searching for him all the while, the spider layered strand after strand of web across the opening of the cave.”Hah, he thought. “What I need is a brick wall and what the Lord has sent me is a spider web. God does have a sense of humor.”

As the enemy drew closer he watched from the darkness of his hideout and could see them searching one cave after another. As they came to his, he got ready to make his last stand. To his amazement, however, after glancing in the direction of his cave, they moved on. Suddenly, he realized that with the spider web over the entrance, his cave looked as if no one had entered for quite a while.

“Lord, forgive me,” prayed the young man. “I had forgotten that in you a spider’s web is stronger than a brick wall.”

-author unknown-

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Please read this very important comment from blog reader Zackzara...Thank you. My apologies for my ignorance.

Zackzara says:

FYI, this is a story of The Prophet Muhammad s.a.w during the beginning of Hijrah, where His Prophet Muhammad s.a.w and Abu Bakar A.S entered the cave to hide from the enemies in which Allah The Almighty protected them and directed the spider to spun its web at the entrance of the cave, pigeons nested and laid eggs in front of it, and the branches of the trees blocked it so that the enemies did not search the place.

This is in a nutshell. You may search on this more on the net. ;-)

I just want to set which facts are right and which are not. In your entry here (I assume it is a chain e-mail sent to you), it gives an indication that it was the US marine during WW2 that this story came up. I'm afraid that when it is not being carefully sieved but to just simply published without considering if it is right or wrong, it may left the readers thinking of what a great amazing story it was and no one will even care to read the history (and the religion itself) and care less about what's right or wrong.

I do note that your intention deriving from this story is for the readers to believe and have faith in GOD (in whichever religion one professes) but at some point, I do hope that you will see my intention too that despite all that, we have the obligation to state the right info and not to mislead readers. I sincerely hope you will get my point.

Thank you & have a nice day, MWS.

5 comments:

zackzara said...

Dear WMS,

I am a silent reader of your blog for a month now. I like the way you gather stories in here for everyone to share and learn. Most of them are inspirational articles. With that, I thank you.

However, allow me to correct this specific entry of which I feel that it is my obligation to inform you of the incorrect facts.

FYI, this is a story of The Prophet Muhammad s.a.w during the beginning of Hijrah, where His Prophet Muhammad s.a.w and Abu Bakar A.S entered the cave to hide from the enemies in which Allah The Almighty protected them and directed the spider to spun its web at the entrance of the cave, pigeons nested and laid eggs in front of it, and the branches of the trees blocked it so that the enemies did not search the place.

This is in a nutshell. You may search on this more on the net. ;-)

I just want to set which facts are right and which are not. In your entry here (I assume it is a chain e-mail sent to you), it gives an indication that it was the US marine during WW2 that this story came up. I'm afraid that when it is not being carefully sieved but to just simply published without considering if it is right or wrong, it may left the readers thinking of what a great amazing story it was and no one will even care to read the history (and the religion itself) and care less about what's right or wrong.

I do note that your intention deriving from this story is for the readers to believe and have faith in GOD (in whichever religion one professes) but at some point, I do hope that you will see my intention too that despite all that, we have the obligation to state the right info and not to mislead readers. I sincerely hope you will get my point.

Thank you & have a nice day, MWS.

masterwordsmith said...

Dear zackzara

Thank you very much for being a very responsible Muslim and caring reader. I appreciate your kind gesture and the manner in which you have brought this to my attention.

I stand corrected :-) and humbly ask my readers to forgive me for not knowing the origin of this story.

Now that I do, I am going to add, if you do not mind, your comment at the end of my post.

It is true that I do try diligently to source inspirational stories from all over. When my supply runs dry like now, I trawl from the net and it is difficult cos I can only choose from those places which say 'free sharing' and not from those sites that are copyrighted. If they are copyrighted, I say a few sentences about it and add the link to that blog or site.

For this one, I got it from a blog that is not being updated any more as the writer is doing e-biz and she says it is for free sharing and there was no extra input ...

Thanks again, zackzara for making right what was wrong.

I am always open to constructive criticism or correction for I am only human and still have lots to learn.

Take care and may the Almighty bless and keep you and yours always.

Salam

Walt said...

Indeed the story is a very old one. And over time many a thief has used it.

When King David was still a boy watching over his father's sheep, he often came upon spiders' webs strung across tree branches and shining in the sun. David thought the spiders were wonderful to weave such webs, but he could see no use for them.

David decided to ask God about it. "Why, O Creator of the world, did you make spiders? You can't even wear their webs as clothing!"

God answered David, "A day will come when you will need the work of this creature. Then you will thank me."

David grew up and became a courageous warrior. He defeated the giant Goliath and many enemies of the people of Israel. He married King Saul's daughter and the people adored him as the greatest man in the land.

However King Saul was jealous and afraid of David and sent his soldiers to kill him.

Approximately 3060 years ago, as David was being pursued by King Saul when he hid in a cave near Jerusalem.

At last, the soldiers were very close. David ran into the cave to hide. He heard the footsteps of the men and knew that they would soon find him. David was so afraid, his bones shook and hurt.

But then David saw a big spider at the front of the cave. Very quickly, it was spinning a web all the way across the opening. Just before the soldiers came up to the cave, the spider finished the web. As the men started to enter the cave, they ran into the web. "Look," they said, "This web is unbroken. If David were here, he'd have torn the web to pieces. He must be hiding somewhere else. Let's go!"

So because of the spider, David's life was saved. David understood that God was wise and thanked God for creating all the creatures, including the spiders.


"Robert the Bruce and the Spider"
Is another classic old story my mother loved to tell me.
Bless you Paula.

masterwordsmith said...

Dar Walt

It is lovely to read your comment once again. Thank you for sharing yet another version of the story. That you never fail to add meaningful contributions to my blog is something which I appreciate deeply.

Take care and know that you are always in my heart.

Hugs

Anonymous said...

Dear Zackzara, thank you for setting the record straight however, this inspiring is good no matter where or how the orgin.