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The car was absolutely filthy. With all the rain and muddy tracks making it even worse, it was going to take a marathon effort to clean it.
I was recommended a manual car wash at Dumbarton, and so on the road to Glasgow we stopped there.
It was brilliant. Four men sprayed, washed, scrubbed and power washed the car. Every part of it was cleaned until it was gleaming.
However I noticed that a little strand of a spider’s web still clung tenaciously to the wing mirror.
I couldn’t believe that such a fragile thing had such strength.
Despite the Argyll weather and the best efforts of the car washers, this little strand survived.
Many things have been written about the strength of the spider’s silk weaving. It has even been said that it is as strong as steel.
This might not be quite accurate, but given that spider silk is a much less dense material, a given weight of spider silk is five times as strong as the same weight of steel.
George Macleod of the Iona Community said that there is simply a gossamer thread between earth and Heaven.
How flimsy that sounds, yet what strength is there.
Sometimes we feel that our faith is challenged by the many awful tragedies that surround us, both personal and national.
We may feel that we are ‘clinging on by a thread’.
Well, if it is a strong as a spider’s thread or a gossamer thread, we will survive.
I think God’s love is like that spider’s thread. It is a gentle and soft as silk, but has a strength which will never be destroyed.
Hold tight to that thread for it will never break.