Yesterday, Steve and I walked around the yard – looking at the blueberry blooms, and talking about what we were going to plant where. Basically, we were just daydreaming of warmer days ahead when gardening can actually begin. When I asked about some metal that was strewn at the edge of the yard, Steve agreed that it needed to be stacked up neatly, but he warned me that there could be snakes under it. Snakes? I hate snakes! Anyway, we came in, ate lunch, and I worked on my Ladies’ Class lesson. Later on, Steve went out to mow, and I thought I’d pull weeds in the above ground bed. I got the weeds pulled, and I decided that I’d stack some of that metal up. I’d be careful – what are the odds that I’d see a snake. I’m not that scared, right? Well – I’d say that the odds were pretty good! As I picked up a piece of metal from our old garage door – I saw a snake in the grass. Yep – an orange diamondback one – a copperhead! Needless to say – it didn’t take me long to move far away. (It was probably highly entertaining, now that I think about it! lol) Anyway, I went out to where Steve was mowing and told him that I needed him to come “take care of” a snake. Well, while looking for the one I saw, we ended up finding another one first! This little one wasn’t quite so colorful. Yep – we had two snakes in the grass.
Looking back, I can see so many comparisons between those snakes and sin. You see – we’ve been warned that sin is out there, yet, we often think – “Well, it won’t bother me.” We give ourselves a little too much credit and before we know it – there’s a snake at our feet. We’ve been warned, but we think we know better – until we don’t. And while that lovely orange adult snake caught my attention, the smaller gray baby one could have been even more dangerous. We must expect the unexpected because “life happens.”
Friends, we have been forewarned with the need to “Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour” (I Peter 5:8) He’s HERE. Are you paying attention? He might be a snake in the grass at your feet. Simply blessed, Courtney