Post 4: July 17
I have this funny fascination with spiders when I see them at night in their web. Plenty of times I’ve tried to get as close as I can to capturing the animal up close without it jumping on me. Do not be mistaken though. I do not like spiders. Not at all; but there is a curious naturalists in me that still admires how they make their web.
A few weeks ago I was out on my night walk/run when I saw a decent size spider web on a tree. As I approached the web I was thrilled to see that the spider was still making it. It was creating the outer rings of the web going around counter clockwise as if it was a satellite orbiting the earth. The curiosity lured me closer in with my camera at hand. The trick would be to see if I could capture a picture with very little lighting as well as remaining undetected by the spider. My attempts failed and I knew that I was going to have to try with the flash. Now this entire time, the spider hadn’t ceased spinning its web until the flash. How interesting that the light in the darkness scared it and ceased all operation. In fact, the spider left its post scurrying off to another part of the web.
My prayer session for July 8 started after midnight making my prayers for that day on July 9. This week I had been continually praying between 12:00-3:00 am, which is the Third Watch also known as the Breaking of Day Watch. By this time, I was becoming more comfortable going to war in prayer. I was having a good prayer session and in the middle of it I saw a spider web being cut strand by strand counter clockwise at the same speed and pattern I had seen that spider a few weeks earlier spinning it. With each nip, it was becoming more and more slack. I sat up and opened my eyes surprised, because it’s like it came out of nowhere. I didn’t know what to think since it happened so fast and out of the blue. So, I just drew it in my prayer journal and gathered that the web was losing strength.
On July 10th, I woke up with a very vivid dream that was quick but carried a specific meaning. It was very personal and it was mocking me as a woman of God. It was a picture of a post from a specific woman who was publicly displaying her lewdness and promiscuity. But, it was in her lewdness that she revealed the tactic used to lure her victim.
As I drew it in my journal, the word black widow came to mind and so I jotted it down under the picture. I immediately went into intercessory prayer.
July 11, I finished up my prayer session at 12:02 am. During this prayer time, I had wondered if there was a connection to the Jezebel spirit and spiders. I specifically honed in on Jezebel because of the dream the morning before. I had done enough research in the past to know she was a major cause to the destruction of something very dear to me and I was constantly praying during intercession that a particular person was anointed with oil which would cause her grasp to slip. So, in my research I found that in fact she is represented by the black widow. Crazy!
The pieces were starting to click. God was showing me her web was losing its hold. The dream was showing me the desperate attempts and tactics she is using to keep her victim headed toward death. In doing research, I found that a black widow will fake her death if her web is disturbed. This was showing me to be relentless in prayer….always. Last, I learned that the black widow’s web seems as if it has no pattern like other spider webs. It looks chaotic. But that is actually a huge deception. Her web is actually in layers that have a purpose, and only when the victim is completely lured into all layers does it become apparent that the web is skillfully crafted to intentionally trap him/her. Therefore, the plans of the evil one will be exposed right before death.
There is truth and life in the Word.
Job 8:14 New International Version (NIV)
14 What they trust in is fragile[a];
what they rely on is a spider’s web.
God led me to this scripture that prayer session The takeaway was, Jezebel is fragil. She is easily broken. Her web is easily broken and her captives will be set free. I serve the God Almighty and the Maker of Heaven and Earth. There is nothing impossible for my God. I just got to learn to wait patiently as he disarms the evil one nip by nip.