I have to admit that when it comes to snakes, I am pretty ignorant, especially when it comes to venomous snakes.Minnesota is not exactly at the top of "The Venoumous Snake Favorite Places"list. In fact, it is not even on the list though there are a few, very few, that got lost on their way to some place else and are still wandering about near the southern border. Truthfully, the only snakes I have ever seen in Minnesota (not in captivity) are garter snakes and though they can reach a length of three feet, the ones I've encountered have been smaller. I am not complaining as I learned long ago, snakes and princesses really do not get a long well.
When I was in college in southeast Tennessee, I encountered a large black snake while collecting and classifying flowers for my biology class.At least it seemed pretty large to me!Truthfully, I was very glad the guy I'd eventually marry happened to be right behind me. Actually, I ended up behind him but that is beside the point. The snake slithered away but I still didn't trust it and was glad that he (or she) and I were not heading in the same direction.
The snake was in plain view that day. It was lying across the path trying to catch a few rays and it stuck it's tongue out at me for interrupting it's tanning session. It was very easy for me to avoid that snake.
However, a few days later, we were out wandering when we came to a creek. Ah! Being a native of the Land of 10,000 Lakes I love water without hesitation I moved to cross the creek (and perhaps splash about it a bit) only to be rudely yanked back by that guy again. He proceeded to give me a good scolding. Didn't I know there could be a water moccasin around? I could not just blindly plunge into the water. I needed to look at my surroundings.
I knew nothing about them but growing up on the banks of the Wabash River, he did. He knew that before going into the water, you needed to look for snakes.
Snakes are silent creatures that smoothly glide about, showing up where you least expect them. It doesn't take them much effort to wiggle in to where they do not belong. If we are not careful "snakes" such as pride, jealousy and envy will creep into our heart and we might not even recognize it.
It's a good thing God does and when the Holy Spirit says "Stop!" we would do well to listen, whether we see the danger or not. Didn't listen and now there's a snake slithering about inside your heart? Fortunately God will remove it when we call on Him and in fact, He's the only one who can.
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We do not have physical snakes in ireland, well, at least the kind that slither on their tummy that is.
You have gotten me thinking as to what type of snake I have allowed to creep up in my christian walk.
[quote]We do not have physical snakes in ireland, well, at least the kind that slither on their tummy that is. [/quote]
Snakes are creatures I do not care to encounter...ever. Yes, I know that in the natural they are important predators, keeping down the population of other creatures I have no love for such as rats and mice.
The opposite is true in regards to spiritual snakes. They bring all sorts of nasty creatures with them and sink their poisonous fangs deep into your heart. Only the power of God can remove the creatures, purge us from their poison and heal their bites.
Reading your blog, the very first thing which came to mind growing up in the south where "Cottonmouths" or Water Moccasin thrive; was a float trip down a river in 1979 where a Water Moccasin came slithering across the top of the water toward our raft. We raised canoe paddles to begin to beat away, Extremely aggressive and poisonous! Couldn't admit it at the time being a "tough" 19 year old but scared me to death.
So should any sign of pride, jealousy and envy I see coming the way of my heart. I need to raise my paddle (Sword of The Spirit) asking Christ to drive away any and all takers of my heart but Him.
Thanks for the wonderful words!