Oh the Web We Weave–A Look at Strength

We’ve all done it. You’re walking down the street, minding your own business, when all of the sudden…BAM! You walk into a spider web. The spider is nowhere in sight but its craftsmanship is now eerily present in your hair and mouth. Despite a valiant attempt to gracefully remove the sticky webs from crevices, you find yourself spitting uncontrollably to make sure  it is, in fact, all gone. Who would think such a small animal could produce such a  nuisance with these nearly invisible strands?

Those tiny strands of spider silk pack a powerful punch, and not just in your mouth. Did you know that pound for pound spider silk  has six times the strength of steel? It is so tough it could stop bullets. Those silky strands are three-times tougher than the Kevlar in a bulletproof vest. Scientists are now exploring ways to use spider silk to repair human ligaments and replacement human tendons. As arguably  the strongest natural fiber, spider webs present endless possibilities to strengthen the world in which we live.

All these possibilities are present in a nearly invisible substance thinner than a human hair that usually goes unnoticed. It begs the question, what other hidden strengths around us are going unnoticed? What have you seen in your life as obstacles or annoyances that could be used to strengthen your perspective or enrich your life?

If something as small as a spider carries the strength of bulletproof vests inside of it, what unassuming strength do you carry inside of you that could protect the world?

“Be faithful in small things because it is in them that your strength lies.” -Mother Teresa


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