|Just when you think it’s safe to stroll, a snake shows up.|
If you’ve ever been to our home, you know I take pleasure in trying to make you feel welcome. Such was the case today as five ladies were gathering for a Bible study basics how-to class, aka, iBible.
As they came into our home, the aroma of fresh brewed coffee wafted to the front door. My Laura Story channel on Pandora was playing softly in the background. Greetings were made, coffee was shared, and we sat down to get to know each other a little bit and get acquainted with how to begin our study of Revelation.
All was going well until one attendee had to leave with her baby in tow. As she ambled away with her 9-month-old in his carrier and all his necessary belongings in addition to her Bible study tote and handbag, I opened the front door to send her away into the day when out of the corner of my eye I saw something move near the front step by the rain gutter.
It blended in with the slate porch entry.
It was gray with two lovely yellow stripes.
It was forming the first letter of its name.
It moved and I ssssssssso carefully yet quickly closssssssed the door as the young mama wasssssss already far enough away from the ssssssssnake that I didn’t need to ssssssssssshout and run for a sssssssshovel to sssssssssever itssssssssss head.
I hate thosssssssse things! Friendly, unfriendly, mosquito-eating, mice-craving…I don’t care. I hate them! I am not a friend with a snake.
Upon returning to the remaining crew, I told them about the sighting and promised them they would leave out the back door to avoid our surprise serpent guest.
Once we picked our feet and purses up off the floor, just in case, we finished out our lesson and they left by a yet risky route.
I was undone by that slithering thing! Honestly, it hurt my chest, my stomach, and my feelings.
Yeah, I tried to be all cool about it, but I was floored that that thing, non-poisonous I’m sure, had almost come into my home! If he had been a few S-movements faster and I clueless, he could have easily come into my home for goodness sake or worse, could have scared that mom and her baby, and then what!!! I shudder at the thought. Okay, I’m shuddering anyway. Ick!
And then it hit me.
They may not be the slithering, coiled, pouncing kind that are tangible. They are sneaky nonetheless.
What about these “snakes” that want to show up in our homes and hearts uninvited?
Just like catching that snake out of the corner of my eye, I need to be more in tune when I find those other “snakes” slithering up to my door and I need to shut the entryway to prevent them from coming in and wreaking havoc in my welcoming refuge.
It would not have been an easy thing to get that snake out of my house should he have gained entry. Fortunately, there was a door that could be closed in his face.
What’s the door spiritually speaking? It’s knowing and practicing God’s word on each issue.
When I find the lie wanting to come out, I need to speak truth, in a gracious way. (Leviticus 19:11)
When a disagreement is about to erupt, I need to put a guard over my mouth. (Romans 12:18)
When my pride is about to interfere, I need to examine my motives. (Proverbs 21:2)
When it’s selfishness, I need to put others’ needs above my own. (Mark 12:29-31)
When negativity is about to impose, I need to speak words that edify in the moment. (Ephesians 4:29)
When jealousy tries to sneak in, I need to shift my gaze and thoughts onto the good things. (Philippians 4:8)
What about you? Any snakes slithering in unawares in your home? What are you going to do about them? [Leave a comment below.]
Get armed girl! Slam the door! Don’t go there!
Oh yeah, and just so you know. Yes, I would have said something to my new friend if that snake had been heading toward her. But, he was heading toward ME and my door and I lived to tell the story.
Beware of snakes.