Even the Flies and Spiders
"Mother, I hate spiders and flies!” said the prince. The queen replied wisely, "There
is a purpose for everything God made."
Although he knew his mother was a wise woman, he doubted her words this time. After
all, what purpose could either of those annoying creatures serve? He continued his
day, giving it no more thought.
A month passed and something very horrible happened. There was a rebellion in the
kingdom and the king’s family was killed. The only one to escape was the young prince.
He knew that his enemies were not far behind him and that they would never let him
escape. Having the prince alive would mean that he could one day gather an army
to take the king’s place and rule the land.
He decided to go and live with an uncle who lived far away. He traveled only at
night and through the countryside so that he would not be seen. But he soon learned
that they were close behind. If only he could make it through one more day of travel,
he would reach the safety of his uncle's home.
On the last day he reached an open place with a small water hole where he could
rest and take a drink. The long days of travel had made him quite tired; so soon
he was asleep leaning comfortably against a tree.
A few hours passed and a fly landed on his face. He shooed it away; but it came
back again and again. Finally, annoyed by the fly he opened his eyes and saw his
enemies approaching in the distance. He had been sleeping so well that he didn’t
hear them coming.
So, he jumped up and made his way into the hills as quickly as he could. There were
many caves in the hills; so he chose one and made his way inside. He went deep into
the cave and hid himself as best he could. Time passed and he heard his enemies
talking outside of the cave.
One said to the other in a loud angry voice, “Don’t bother checking that one, can’t
you see that there is a spider’s web? He could not have entered without disturbing
the web and as you can see that the web isn’t broken! Let us leave and check the
next cave!” So, they left and went to check the other caves.
As it turns out, just after he had entered the cave, a big spider had come to weave
her web just at the cave’s opening. Since she was so large, it didn’t take her long
to have a large web which covered most of the small opening.
As the prince escaped safely the next morning to his uncle’s home, he remembered
the wise words of his mother. He wept remembering what she said each time that he
had complained as a child saying he hated flies and spiders:
“My dear son, there is a purpose for every creature God made... even the flies and