A Welcoming Home…Unless You’re a Snake!

Posted by on Aug 23, 2012 in Blog Posts | 4 comments

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.

S.

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.

We encounter snakes everyday in our lives!  

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?

  • lies
  • disagreement
  • pride
  • selfishness
  • negativity
  • jealousy?

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. 

4 Comments

  1. Great article and so true!

    I feel the same way about snakes. Unfortunately we’ve had several in our house! Yes, IN OUR HOUSE! When we purchased this fixer upper, there were apparently places in the structure that weren’t sealed well. I was sitting in the FR talking to my husband and my son said: “Oh, look. There’s a snake.” An adult ring neck was making its way across the family room. I freaked out of course and ended up sobbing hysterically while my husband and son captured the snake. That was one of 3 in the family room and then 7 smaller snakes in the laundry room in the basement. It was not a happy time in my life but fortunately my husband filled in the holes and we’ve haven’t had any more snakes inside. If a snake wants to live outside, he’s welcome to it. I won’t bother him. But if he comes in, well, I’ll do what I have to do!!! (and that probably includes screaming and crying.)

    • Hey and thank you for sharing your horrible story regarding your own up-close and too-personal of an experience with snakes…PLURAL…snakeSSSS in your own domain! Ugh!

      I just passed out at the thought.

      So glad you survived and have your own story to tell about that and I am delighted all those openings to the slithering creatures are now closed. Whew!

      Thanks for stopping by. I’ll see you in Content Brew! : )

  2. This is the best! I can relate.
    Love, Maude

    • Sweet Maude,
      Thank you for your comments! I am delighted to have been at your house today to give you a tutorial in how to leave a comment. : )

      Mostly, I just enjoyed our visit, laughing over attempts to take just the right picture of us, and talking about how we met during chemo infusions. You know I love you and am so thankful for you. I am glad we got to pray together today.

      Much love to you my sister in Christ.

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