The World’s Smartest Spider

Believe it or not, this is not a real spider. It’s a model of a spider… built by a spider.

As our civilization gets torn apart, mostly by the very people who are supposed to hold it together, there are hundreds of disheartening news stories out there today that I could blog about.

But not with Christmas coming. The good news, that the Word became flesh, that our sins are covered, that God has imputed Christ’s righteousness to us who believe in Him–that dwarfs all the bad news. The news of this fallen world doesn’t deserve to be mentioned in the same breath as the Incarnation.

So instead, I’m going to write about spiders: a special kind of spider.

Two years ago, explorers discovered, in the jungles of the Amazon, an itsy-bitsy spider who does something a lot more complicated than to climb up a water spout.

This spider builds a lifelike dummy ot a spider, many times its own size, and positions it so that it will move around when the real spider jiggles the web from a safe distance ( ). The dummy is anatomically accurate and probably fools a lot of predators.

Really, you’ve got to see this. If the link above doesn’t work, just search “spider makes dummy spider,” or something like that, and you’ll get pictures and videos galore.

How does a spider, with a brain so small as almost not to count, know to create a convincing model of a spider?

Of course, the petrified mind immediately trots out the magic word, “Evolution!” As if that told us anything. Yes, blind chance, yatta-yatta, gives us a spider that can do sculpture, just like it gave us Shakespeare’s plays and Houdini’s great escapes.

But if you’re too old to believe in fairy tales, enjoy the sculpting spider and rejoice in the infinite variety of God’s creation.

Two more days till Christmas.

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