Thursday, May 26, 2011

Invasion of the Wolf Spiders

Here in Missouri, we have an unfortunately high population of undesirable
eight legged creatures, namely spiders. What is one of my all time worst 
fears? Yep, spiders. One in particular that I despise is the wolf spider. It 
is big, hairy, fast, and yes, poisonous. How poisonous? I'm not really sure.
My husband looked them up on the internet and read to "seek medical advice/
help if bitten" by a wolf spider. Why am I writing about this? 

The other day, while my husband was at work, my three year old ran to the 
bathroom to go "potty," and not long after I heard deafening, horrified screams
from the direction of the bathroom. I rushed to see what had happened. Through
streams of tears, my daughter said "Spider, Mommy, spider!" 

I looked in the direction she was pointing and sure enough there was the eight
legged beast, quickly darting from here to there and back again. For a second 
I was frozen, unsure how to proceed, but my daughter's continued screams 
snapped me back to reality, and I raced to obtain a good instrument with which
to crush the intruder. My husbands heavy dress shoe was perfect - no groves in 
the sole where the hairy arachnid might escape it's fate. Upon my return, the 
spider had ducked inside the vent cover, which thankfully was closed. I picked up 
the vent and turned it upside down. As soon as the spider resurfaced, I utilized 
the shoe, making sure there were no signs of life. 

Afterwards, I cleaned up the floor and shoe sole with a disinfectant wipe, 
and then turned to my little cherub, who was still frozen on the toilet. 
"You were brave."

She looked at me with red, puffy eyes. "I was?"

"Yes," I assured her. "You were brave even though you were scared."

A big smile broke through the previously concerned look. "You were 
brave too, Mom." 

Thankfully, I had been, probably the maternal instincts kicking in. Later
that evening, it was a different story. I was working on a project, sitting on 
the couch, when in my peripheral vision, I noticed a dark blur lurking on 
the wall. Yes, it was another spider, identical to the one from earlier in the 
day. Again I went into action, leaving a smear on the wall. Enough of the 
thorax was left for my husband to identify the type of spider. It was then he 
informed me it was a wolf spider. I panicked. There had been two in one 
day and would probably be more. 

Jason noticed my look of horror. "They're not poisonous." 

"Oh yes, they are!" I countered. 

To validate his position, he google the wolf spider, but instead affirmed my 
statement to be true. My mind raced with fearful thoughts of poisonous creepy 
things crawling in my and the children's beds at night. Jason then did an online
search for scripture verses to counter one's fear. It was effective. It can be 
hard to release one's fear to the Lord, having to trust that He will protect you 
from even the tiniest sources of fear and anxiety. However once you do, 
you'll find a place of serenity and rest. 

So whether your concerned about eight legged creepy crawlers, revising 
your work in progress, putting together your book proposal, or all of the above, 
rest in the knowledge that God cares for you and desires victory for you in all 
areas of your life.  I was able to sleep that night, thanks mostly to the following

"For God did not give us a spirit of timidity (of cowardice, of craven and 
cringing and fawning fear), but [He has given us a spirit] of power and
of love and of calm and well-balanced mind and discipline and self-control."

2 Timothy 1:7, Amplified version  


  1. Ohhh, Tanya! I despise those eight-legged creatures! Hubbie sprays about every 2-3 mo's, but occasionally, we still have a few of those horrible things slip in under the radar. Thank you for reminding us that God is our ultimate Protector!

  2. Yes, Cynthia, Jason will be spraying ASAP! I'm so thankful that God
    loves us more than we can imagine and asks us to cast all our cares
    on Him, even our irrational fears concerning spiders. :)

  3. Oh man I don't like spiders. This would have creeped me out! Eww!

  4. I need victory over lizards. The kids lost one in the house.

  5. Eww, is right. Part of me thinks, should I really be expected to conquer
    my fear of creepy crawlers? Isn't it a natural, female response? But then
    I remember that God doesn't want us to be fearful of anything, even spiders and lizards. I wouldn't like a lizard darting around my house either, although it is quite common in South America. :) Instead of houseflies,
    they have "house lizards," not that they are called that.