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Along Came a Spider by Katharine Giovanni

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Hi friends! I want to share with you one of the story submissions I originally received for When God Spoke to Me. Even though the story didn’t make it into the book, I think it’s a really good story and would love to share it with you. Submitted by Katharine Giovanni, the story is called Along Came a Spider. I hope you enjoy it…

It had been a lean month and both Ron and I were worried about paying the bills. It’s hard to run three companies with no bank loan. In fact, it was the first time we had actually lost money and found ourselves in the red. That usually didn’t happen. To make matters worse, our sons’ birthdays were coming up, Christmas was right around the corner, we owed money to some associates, and company bills loomed. I was so upset by all this that I simply couldn’t focus on anything, so I decided to ask God about it.

“Follow Me and trust your instincts,” was all I heard.

Now let’s be clear here. The “voice” I heard sounded just like my own voice in my own mind. I actually heard myself “think” these words. How did I know it was God and not my own voice? Mostly because the answer was not something I would have said to myself. Years ago, when I first started hearing God’s voice, I thought I was crazy—mostly because people tend to call you a nut if you suddenly start hearing voices. Yet, somehow I knew I wasn’t because I instinctively knew that it was God speaking to me.

That particular Saturday, I decided to put the problem up onto God’s shelf and let Him worry about it for a while. Then we went to a place called “Adventure Landing” and played a little miniature golf with our boys as we both thought the beautiful sunshine and fun atmosphere would do us good. After we got the clubs, we walked over to the first hole and I leaned on a wooden fence to watch my oldest son start the game. Suddenly, I heard God talking to me again in my mind.

Watch the spider carefully,” I heard Him say.

At first I was puzzled. Then out of the corner of my eye, I noticed a very tiny spider on the top of the post. I marveled at how small it was and watched it dance around the top of the fence. Then the funniest thing happened. I began to sense that it was actually mad at me. Do spiders get mad at people? I had never really thought about it and had certainly never “felt” it before, but it truly seemed that this one was actually mad at me. Extraordinary! I could sense it in every bone of my body. Needless to say I moved my arm from the post and instantly felt the spider’s relief. It danced around a second more and lifted its back end into the air. A stream of its “web” emerged and danced in the sunlight before the air caught the web and lifted the spider off the post. It rose into the air. It was just like that scene from Charlotte’s Web when Charlotte’s children all leave Wilbur. As I watched, I noticed a tree nearby and thought perhaps the little guy would land there, but instead it rose higher and higher into the atmosphere. I gazed at it until my youngest son yelled at me to watch him putt.

Extraordinary.

God has this little habit of always being able to get my attention, and when He can’t get me to listen, He sends messages to me in other forms. This time He wanted to tell me to have faith in Him. All I had to do was trust Him and He would take me to great heights just as the spider trusted the wind to carry him safely to another place.

I carried the little spider’s message in my mind the rest of the day. It really was incredibly beautiful, especially coming from a creature whose species I had always hated. I wished my little eight-legged friend Godspeed and knew that he would land safely, just as I would.

That evening, my husband and I sat in his office and chatted about some solutions to our dilemma. As I sat on his couch I happened to glance over at his bookcase and noticed two books were crooked. I read their titles. The bottom book was titled Divine Guidance. The book right on top of it was called Full Speed Ahead. The message was instantly clear. Ron and I were being guided and would be just fine.

In the days that followed, we solved our money problem by trusting our intuition and changing our focus. I learned to focus on the future and where I wanted to go instead of constantly looking at what was hitting the fan. I learned that if I think I am successful, then I will be successful. I learned whenever I put out negative thoughts and actions, and constantly focus on the negative, I attract those negative things right back at me. In fact, it was all I saw in those days … sickness, money troubles, fear. It was a horrible way to live.

Conversely, when I started to put out positive thoughts and tried my best to see the positive in everything, my life turned completely around and I began to attract the positive back—health, prosperity, happiness—they all started to flow toward me.

How did I change my life completely and turn my company into a prosperous one? It was simple. I made God my business partner and I learned how to listen.

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Raised in New York City, Katharine Giovanni earned her B.A. from Lake Forest College. Now living in North Carolina with her husband, two sons and two dogs, Katharine works as a consultant in the concierge industry.