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Along Came a Spider by Katharine Giovanni


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.


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.

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.

  • Junettet

    Thank you for that, I don’t know when I started seeing the negatives appearing in my life. When I decided to question every little thing in life. I am starting to see that every negative thing that has happened to me has been made by myself and the lack of trust in Our Maker. From this day on I am going to pray to the Lord and ask for guidiance.

  • Jim Hasse

    Very nice. Thanks!

  • timothy owolabi

    it is really inspiring.kate might build the piece up and make-up the book.Thanks

    timothy owolabi

  • Gertietansr

    Life is all about knowing where one is going and how to face the future with trust in Divine providence. The present is a special gift that one has to open and appreciate its content.

  • Mercy

    Thanks so much. After reading thing article, I realise its Gods message for me as well. I usually wake up late on Sundays but today I voice kept whispering to me to open my mail and I did so at 6.30am!! only to find this wonderful mail. I am at a red spot in my life and now I know that I just have to leave it all to God for guidance. God bless you mightly!!!

  • Wwmmacau

    It is an inspiration story.
    [In the days that followed, we solved our money problem by trusting our intuition and changing our focus.]
    But Katharine Giovanni did not mention the key point of “How did they solve their money problem?”.
    What does she mean here “by trusting our intuition”?

  • BeverlyJane

    I have been trying to express what it feels like to hear from God and Katharine’s words explained it ver well. Thank you.

  • Sue Gass

    Beautiful story Katherine. I am constantly amazed at how if we just listen and TRUST everything falls into its right and perfect place. Thank you for the reimnder.

  • Delilah

    This is connected to my blog which I posted, how God answers prayer. I want to share this nice story. I was really touched.

  • Oganneoaboloka

    Thank you for the story. It encourage me since i had financial problem, debts but after the story im stong and confident to stand and learn to hear n listen God’s voice.

  • Rosy

    This truly touched me, I’m glad I took time to read it before stumbling again. Many times I too have heard God’s voice but after I read this piece I realized how I actually did not listen to that voice and think positively . Thanks for this story Katherine!
    Thanks David and Candace!

  • Isaac Dankwah

    Papa its a very good revelation you sour from this spider, and this inspiration story has also bless me and torth me how to grab revelation