The Fragile Silk

May 4, 2016 | by: Maureen Maniquis | 0 Comments

Posted in: Gospel Living

I was looking at a spider web strewn across a panel on my lanai. The intricacies of the fragile silk weave start from a single thread shot from the spider into the wind with the hope that it will catch on to something. It is a game of chance for the sustenance of a life. The silk is delicate but flexible which gives the spider some pretty decent odds. The web bends with the wind and stays intact doing its job, just a day in a life. But, as we have all seen, one harsh blow and the web is no more.

Life can be so fragile.

I can’t help but think how often I just take life for granted. I leave my house with a mind full of assumptions. How often do I rush out my door with a hurried goodbye as I race to beat out the clock to be somewhere? Or those nudging reminders to call an old friend but never get around to it? Why do I presume upon my God for my length of days? Every day is a gift. Every day deserves my thanks, my attention, my intention. Every day is another silk thread woven around my life in delicate grace; a life that bends and sways with the flowing winds and sustained by the mercies of God. There are no guarantees, surely that silk can snap, but the mercies that flow on those winds can bear the harshest of blows in their compassion. You see, the odds are not in the length of days but in the goodness of the One who gives them. The goodness is the guarantee, the goodness that everything has its purpose under heaven.

Yes, it’s true, life can be fragile but it’s not a game of chance. In fact, it’s not a game at all. Every life has its purpose under heaven and each one will see its intended days lived out. There can be freedom in the fragility when there is trust in the goodness of God.

“I love the Lord because he hears my voice and my prayer for mercy. I will pray as long as I have breath...How kind the Lord is! How good he is! So merciful, this God of ours.” Psalm 116:1-2, 5 NLT



Maureen Maniquis moved to Florida 10 years ago from Bern, Switzerland where she and her husband were living for 6 years while working at the American Embassy. While there, they helped plant an English speaking church in the heart of the city that still thrives today to meet the needs of expats who desire to be a part of a community of fellow believers. Maureen has been a part of the Restoration Church Core Team since its plant in 2010 and currently serves on the Hospitality Team and Prayer Team and will be a regular contributor to our blogs. She has published a book of her memoirs and is a passionate writer on Gospel living and pointing people to the heart of Jesus.


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