Friday, 11 November 2016

The king and the spider

The King and the spider.
     Hundreds of years ago, there was a king of Scotland and his name was Robert the Bruce. The king of England was at war with him and had led a great army into Scotland to drive him out of the land and to make Scotland part of England.
Battle after battle, he had fought with England. Six times, he and his little brave army had been defeated until they were driven into flight. At last, the army of Scotland was entirely scattered and the king was forced to hide in the woods.
One rainy day, Robert the Bruce lay in a cave tired, sick at heart and ready to give up all hope. As he lay thinking, he noticed a spider over his head getting ready to weave her web. He watched her as she worked slowly and with great care. Six times, she tried to grow her thread from on edge of the cave wall to another. Six times her thread fell short.
"Poor thing!" thought Robert the Bruce, "You too know what it's like to fall six times in a row."
But the spider did not lose hope. With still much care, she made ready to try for a second time. Robert the Bruce almost forgot his own troubles as he watched, fascinated. She swung herself out upon the slender line.
Would she fall again? No! The thread was safely carried to the cave wall and fastened there.
"Yes!" cried Bruce, "I too will try a seventh time!"
So, he arose and called his men together, telling them of his plans and sending them out with hopeful messages to cheer the discouraged people.. Soon there was an army of brave men around him. A seventh battle was fought and the king of England was forced to retreat back to his own country.
It was not long before England had to recognize Scotland as an independent country with Robert the Bruce as its rightful king.
And to this very day, the victory and independence of Scotland is traced to a spider that kept trying again and again to spin her web in a cave and inspired the then king of Scotland, Robert the Bruce.

Dear reader, the message behind the story is clear: keep on trying no matter how many times you have fallen and one day, you would succeed.

Remember Proverbs 24:16a: For the righteous falls seven times and rise again.

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