Jesus said, “I saw Satan fall, a bolt of lightning out of the sky. See what I’ve given you? Safe passage as you walk on snakes and scorpions, and protection from every assault of the Enemy.” Luke 10:18
I haven’t had much experience with snakes. As a kid on the farm I occasionally a garter snake. Living in Arizona, I’ve had a couple of encounters with snakes; one incident in my own yard when I stepped over a two-foot rattle snake. When my husband said, “There’s a snake,” I reacted by back stepping over it again. Fortunately, it was stretched out sunning itself.
While working at a retreat center, a guest told me there was a big snake by the entrance of the conference room. Being the only staff person on campus, I put on a brave face, got the bucket and pincer on a long handle, and went to do my duty. Just as I arrived a young man swooped his long arms down and grabbed the four-foot king snake and removed it to a safe place. I felt as if God had heard my prayer for help and sent the young man as my angel.
Yesterday, I saw a snake slithering down stream in the river. Fear may keep me from stepping into the river again. But, it would be a shame to let fear of a harmless snake keep me from getting into the river on a hot summer day.
Lord, help me to learn to love and respect all your creatures, including snakes. Amen.