Summertime celebrations can be hot. When the air conditioning is on full blast in a tent, it does not help much, especially in a remote area on the prickly desert floor. In tent terms, that meant all the screened picture windows, doors and skylight were unzipped to the moonlight. Dark outcroppings of bare rock still radiated the heat of the day. Roberta’s thighs were glued together with sweat. Late as it had been, she heard her sons softly breathing. While they were catching zzzzzs, she couldn’t sleep. It was going to be a loooong night! The woman sat up and sighed.

Nearly as bright as sunup with a full moon, the land sparkled like mica. Roberta  peered through the screened window, appreciating the quiet sounds of a peaceful night. A very small breeze touched the desert creosote bushes and the mesquite trees.

As she listened and watched, Roberta noticed a score of dark shapes each about the size of a fist crawl to center stage.  Looking more closely, she saw the shapes had legs. They were giant tarantula spiders, tuning up like an orchestra before a performance. Then they began to dance in the moonlight like a troupe of professional folk dance performers! First, to the right, then to the left, turn around, strut and then kick up their legs! Though she learned later dancing is normal courtship behavior for the male spiders, she thought on the tarantulas doing the tarantella as a way to honor their Creator and their women!

Though these creatures may not be our favorite pets, they are good in God’s eyes. So are we.  

“God made the wild animals according to their kinds, livestock according to their kinds, and all the creatures that move along the ground according to their kinds. And God saw that it was good.: Genesis 1:25 [NIV]

Every day, we have to make a commitment to dedicate our minds, bodies and spirits to honor the Creator. Our actions truly reflect what is inside.

How will you honor God today?

[Jo Russell is a Christian speaker, author of articles, anthology contributions, and award-winning Which Button Do You Push to Get God to Come Out? A Humorous Devotional for Women. available from, her speaking engagements and  website, Enjoy chuckles and speeches, tips and excerpts in website options and weekly blog.]   



About Jo Russell

Jo’s humor, inspirational stories, articles and devotionals have spanned more than 40 years, with several national writing contest awards for humor. She's a contributing author in Chicken Soup for the Soul—Shaping the New You and Heavenly Humor for the Dieter’s Soul.

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