"I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made: marvellous are thy works; and that my soul knoweth right well" (Psalm 139:14).

We were expecting company one night for supper and were a long way from getting a meal prepared. In fact, I hadn't even bought the groceries yet. I decided a quick trip to the grocery store was necessary during our afternoon homeschool break to save myself from being unprepared for our evening guests.

When I returned home from the store, I noticed the house was unusually quiet. A red flag went off in my mind, and I checked on my children. Three of them were all fine and busy doing the work I had left for them. However, when I went into my oldest son's room, I found a surprise that was quite unbelievable. Even today, I am not quite sure how he managed to accomplish it.

We had been studying about spiders in our science lessons that week. He had read his workbook, answered his worksheet questions, and studied for his quiz the next day. He had even turned an old aquarium into a nice little home for two, big barn spiders he had found. Yet, today he went one step further. He wanted to know what it really felt like to be a spider. Using every spool of thread in my sewing can, he had weaved a web within his entire room. The web extended in all directions from the ceiling to the floor, and he really looked like a spider waiting for some unsuspecting prey as he sat on his bed in the middle of the room. Smiling, he quoted from Mary Howitt's poem, "Will you walk into my parlour?"

My first inclination was to be upset at the wasted thread, but then I had to smile at my son. He had done a far better job of teaching himself about spiders than I had done. In addition, I learned a valuable lesson that day. My son didn't learn like his sisters and brother. God had uniquely created him to learn differently. My lesson plans were going to have to change, and fast, to match him!

Father, what an awesome God You are! How can You create so many people in the world and not have even two who are alike? I humbly come and ask for the wisdom I need to teach each of the children You have given to me. Thank You for the unique blessing each one is to our homeschooling family. In Jesus' name, Amen.

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Comments(9 comments)

SARA Q 01/04/2011 05:51:46

I love this! I think I too would have been focusing on all that waisted thread. It's so easy to see things through our own tunnel vision. I pray the Lord will give me Wisdom is schooling my 4 boys who are all uniquely different.

KRIS M 01/04/2011 07:59:35

There are days when I need to be reminded... I have 5 children, one of which has autism. Yesterday for us was a BAD DAY. This post this morning puts today in a better light. THANK YOU!

LORI C 01/04/2011 08:27:53

This was just the devotion I needed today. I also had a bad day yesterday. It was my problem--with two children on the autism spectrum, sometimes I compare them to typical kids and become stressed and worried. I really need to focus on how special God made them! Thanks!

MISTY H 01/04/2011 18:12:25

My three year old did almost the same thing with crochet yarn in my kitchen. We were having issues with flies getting in the house (our neighbor's leave out a lot of garbage) and he saw how spiders catch them with webs on National Geographic. He thought he was helping me by catching flies like the spiders do.

DEANNA P 01/04/2012 04:21:49

Thank you for your heart-felt and honest stories of how God has met you in all kinds of places (ew, a spider web even!:). I read this message every day and hear good things through your experiences and insight. Keep up the good work!!


LYNN B 01/04/2012 06:12:21

My son made a web like this several years ago for fun in his room.In fact he did it several times.At first I saw it as making a mess,then I realized it was part of play.He didn't use my thread,he used string.My daughter and he would play in that room and have a lot of fun. I came to see that his learning style was very creative and hands on!

JOAN A 01/04/2012 06:24:22

Thanks for your encouragement! My daughter always seems to be up to something...Making a catapult from a grill rack and a spoon! She is very creative...I must remember that my children do not learn the same way and that God made us unique.

P.S. I have no idea where the catapult idea came from!

RUSS P 01/04/2012 06:41:39

I read this daily, my Son and I pray daily, but this is the first devotional I will definitely share with my family!

JANET R 01/04/2012 15:10:58

I read this story and thought I needed to also share it with my children. Thank you so much for sharing this devotional. I also have a child on the autism spectrum.

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