What’s That Writing Spider Trying To Say? Writing spiders have always been somewhat of an autumn fascination of mine. Ever since I was a kid I have always enjoyed spying on their plump yellow and black bodies clinging to their sticky webs. My grandmother’s garden and flowerbeds have always been prime real estate for my arachnid friends. They have always indicated a closing of one season and a reminder of cooler days to come. The zigzag “writing” found in their webs have also always intrigued me. What is this stigmatized animal trying to say, I have often wondered.
When I look at this animal through the lens of scripture it’s easy enough for me to see Christ in even the most offensive of God’s creation, the spider. Romans 1:20 says “For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature—have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that people are without excuse.” The writing spider is sometimes called the “St. Andrew’s Cross Spider” because of the way it pairs its legs and appears to be in the shape of a cross. The zigzag pattern of x’s in the web draws your attention immediately and brings the focus to the cross. As the Apostle Paul says in Romans 1:20, we are without excuse because the glory of God is all around us. We just have to open our eyes.
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