Blessed with Abundance
By Lois Parker Edstrom
Picture of spider webs
Spiders are fascinating. They have the ability to spin silk and are able to use that silk to build beautiful webs. The webs may be used as a home for the spider or as a net to catch bugs. An amazing thing to think about is that tiny spiders produce billions of miles of webs across the world – more webs than we could imagine. This is called abundance.
We see examples of abundance everywhere in nature – more wildflowers in a field than you could count and so many trees in a forest that you can’t see beyond them. We see abundance in the number of snowflakes that float from the sky and the grains of sand along the shore.
We learn about God’s abundance in the Bible. Jesus was by the shore of a lake where fishermen were washing their nets. He asked Simon to take him out in the boat because great crowds of people were pressing in on him. Jesus spoke to the people from Simon’s boat and taught them about God’s word. Then he said to Simon, “Put out into the deep, and let down your nets for a catch” (5:4).
Simon answered, “Master, we worked all night, and took nothing; but at your word I will let down the net” (5:5).
When the fishermen let down their nets, as Jesus had instructed them to do, they caught so many fish that their nets began to break. They signaled to fishermen in another boat who came to help them. The great number of fish that had been caught filled both boats.
The lesson is about God’s abundance. We see God’s abundance in nature and in his love which is available to all of us. God’s love is more than enough.
Scripture quotations from the World English Bible
Copyright 2008, Richard Niell Donovan