Doubts: The Spiraling Webs We Weave

Webs of Life

Webs of Doubts - A Studio 1-37 original imageIf you had any doubts about, fall arriving it seems that it officially made its presence in the south this week. It ushered in with a touch of chill in the early morning and a great abundance of spider webs. Almost every time I head outside it seems that I am running into another one of these invisible webs. I look like I am doing some newfangled dance as I frantically try to get the sticky strings wrapped around me off. Maybe this is just nature’s ultimate DIY decorations for the approaching All Hallows Eve.

Apparently, though, I have learned, spiders have a timetable. They hatch in the spring, reproduce, and then die in the fall.  The spiders live in a bit of fear in the early summer staying out to the way of predators but now in the fall the survivors make themselves known and begin spinning their webs. They are rather in a hurry since the females need to lay their eggs and then there is that end of life part. I guess they just don’t have time for any doubts to creep up by the time they reach this stage in life. What about you? What kind of doubts do you struggle with? Do you ever begin with a few and then suddenly they are spiraling out of control?

Doubts?

We all have doubts in life. Sometimes even simple doubts like just trusting someone can stop you from moving forward. Like Ricky, who was visiting his grandparents in Florida and was given permission to go swimming at the local pool by himself. He was given a towel, some change, and then warned to watch his things carefully. Upon entering the pool’s gate, he looked around for a safe place for his belongings but seeing nothing he sat in the hot sun desperately wanting to swim in the cool looking water. His doubts of trust left him sweating in the heat.

A young woman nearby sat up taking a break from soaking up the sun’s rays and watched the little boy who sat miserably in the heat. She finally asked if he didn’t want to get in the water and cool off. He looked at her carefully and finally after a long delay admitted that he did indeed want to go swimming. So, she replied, ”Then go get in the water.”

Ricky squinted his eyes in suspect and asked, ”Do you believe in God?” The surprised young woman replied, ”Yes!” Then Ricky asked her, ”Do you go to church every Sunday?” Again, she answered, ”Yes!” So, Ricky asked her a third question, ”Do you read your Bible and pray every day?” She again answered, ”Yes!” By now she was paying careful attention to the boy and watched as he suddenly sighed in relief, and asked his final question, ”Will you hold my change and towel while I go swimming?”

Ricky wanted badly to trust the woman with his valuables, so he could find comfort and joy in the water. But he allowed himself to be overcome with doubts and due to this, he suffered longer in the heat than he had to.

Even Small Doubts Will Eventually Suck the Hope Out!

How often do we allow our mind to become overrun with the junk of doubts so that we begin to bind ourselves up and become unable to move? For even a little doubt can take over quickly.

The whelk is a little ocean creature that can suddenly ruin an oyster’s day. This marine dweller has a body organ that works like a corkscrew. It uses that part to bore a small hole in the top of an oyster’s shell. Once it makes this very small hole the whelk can then devour the entire oyster. It simply sucks the oyster out little by little until it is gone. Doubt can do that to us as well. Little by little, it takes over our mind until all our hope sucks out. So, when we begin to allow even a little doubt to overrun our mind, we must remember that the antonym of doubt is faith.

Time to Remember and Refocus

We live in a world that appears overrun by evil and if we aren’t careful we can become blinded to who is really in control. Evil can approach fully arriving in obvious forms of hate and conflict. But sometimes evils approach our lives quietly and more personally by slipping in with sickness and poor health, financial issues, or a plethora of other predicaments. Whether the big world issues are pressing, or our own personal little world becomes infected, doubt can quickly gain a foothold in our mind. And if we aren’t careful before we know it, our hope is gone.

It is during these times that is it extra important to remember that God is holy, just, and that He is in control. He will not allow evil to prevail. Spoiler alert, the story already has an ending and the Creator wins. Because God longs to help us, He can quickly clear a mind full of the webs of doubt or fear. We can turn to Him first and know without a doubt that He is there. When our focus is upon Him the doubt webs tear away so that the darkness of despair cannot take over. It is only because of God’s provided comfort that we can experience the return of hope and joy.

When doubts filled my mind, your comfort gave me renewed hope and cheer. Psalms 94:19 (NLT)

It Takes Commitment

Only by committing fully to Christ can you gain new hope and joy while in the middle of doubt or despair. By focusing on Him more, your problems become less. It is by and through Him that a different perspective forms and that clears away the webs of doubt.

Christ stands ready to comfort you and to provide a new hope or outlook for the problems you encounter. By turning first to Him you realize quickly that He is the only comfort you truly need. The relationship between commitment to Him and doubt is not a hostile one. It is said that commitment to Christ is best not when there isn’t doubt but when you remain committed because you do doubt.

So, make your challenge to not allow the webs of doubt to grow filling your mind up. Find your conviction in knowing that God is waiting to comfort you with a new hope and joy. Be motivated to move forward by walking hand in hand with God dispelling your doubt with each step. He loves you so much that He doesn’t want you filled with doubts but filled instead with His love until it overflows.

Love in Christ,

E.J.

Postscript

I have held many things in my hand, and have lost them all; but whatever I have placed in God’s hands that I still possess.

Martin Luther

Extra Study   

Isaiah 57:18, 66:13, 2 Corinthians 1:4, Hebrews 13:15

What are your thoughts?

How do you recognize when you need to clean out the webs of doubt in your life? Do you allow the little webs of doubt to build until your mind fills, and despair is ready to take over? Have you experienced the new hope and renewal given by Christ when you go to Him first? Share your thoughts on how you deal with the doubts of and in life.

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