Today as I took my walk, I was reminded of the year 2003.
Our then two-year-old granddaughter, Kaily, was visiting.
I was standing in front of the refrigerator pressing a cup up to the ice dispenser. Looking down at her standing there next to me,I thought, “Oh, how cute and adorable you are!”
My next thought was, “I didn’t know she had a rubber snake.”
THEN…the “rubber” snake started to slither on our kitchen tile!!!
It was heading for the stove.
“Wade!” I called out to my husband. “Snake, snake, snake!”
Now neither one of us “do” snakes. I really don’t know who dislikes them more. But running as fast as he could, he headed toward the kitchen.
Keeping an eye on the snake I soon realized the it would be under the stove before my husband would ever arrive.
Quickly I evaluated the situation. The snake was going to be under the stove any second now.
” We will have to sell the house and move,” I thought.
“There’s no way I am going to be able to stay here knowing there’s a snake in the house.”
Granted it was a small green snake, but it might as well as been a python!
Since moving wasn’t an option I grab the dish towel next to the stove. I threw it over the snake, wadded the towel up in my hands and held it at arms length.
Wade turned the corner just in time to see me jumping up and down screaming, “What do I do? What do I do?”
Pointing to the backyard, Wade had one word. “OUT!”
Screaming, running with snake in hand, I headed through the door he held open. I threw the towel as far as I could and that towel stayed on the grass for a couple of days!!
Looking back I know the snake was most likely more traumatized than I was.
Fortunately our granddaughter thought the whole episode was funny.
Today on my walk I just missed stepping on a very small rat snake.
Was I the least bit apprehensive? No. In fact I stopped to get its picture. Now that somewhat act of boldness may have been because it wasn’t in my house and it was fairly puny. But I was rather pleased that I felt no fear. Remember I don’t “do” snakes!
I’d like to think I have grown. That I’m stronger and not as fainthearted.
But the bigger questions are…
In the past 10 years has my walk with The Lord grown? Is my faith stronger? Am I more spiritually courageous?
The Bible tells us…
But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To Him be glory both now and forever! Amen. (2 Peter 3:18 NIV)
Lord, I pray I’m growing in the knowledge of you and that you find me to be a woman of grace. Not fearful or timid in my faith. Amen.
May we hunger to know Him better. May we find ourselves growing in The Lord and able to face the snakes in our lives without fear and trepidation. For we know…
God arms me with strength, and He makes my way perfect. (Psalms 18:32 NLT)
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