Friday, October 2, 2009

A Lesson in an Empty Snake Skin

Yep, it’s a Rattle Snake skin! A little guy, but snake none the less. The only thing worse than finding it is the knowledge that what slithered out of it is still at large. Of all places to find it, right between my pots and shovels in my transplanting area, next to the back deck. The very place I like to sit and do my bible study or see the sunset. The place I watch the woodpeckers drink from the fountain, and where I spend time with the One who gives a different kind of water, the living water; Jesus – the Fountain of Life. Just knowing the snake lurks somewhere, hiding in this familiar place, this cherished place, gives me the creeps!

I’m glad I found his skin though. Now I won’t be caught unaware. I will proceed with caution; ready to step on his head (or run like the dickens) when he comes slithering out of hiding. I will be more prepared knowing he is here.

The skin is a good reminder to me that there is another serpent lurking in the shadows who wants to strike at me – the devil. He chooses the cherished and familiar places to attack when I am not expecting him. It is a reminder to be on the watch and be ready for his strike. Instead of lifting my foot or running, may I be ready with the Sword of Truth in one hand and the Shield of Faith in the other. And just like I watched my mother do when I was a child (more times than I’d like to remember), take the shovel (in my case the Sword) and chop off his Jesus Name!

I must get back to the yard work I was doing before I found the snake skin and took this writing detour. I do try to stay on task until God allows things in my path like snake skins to veer me off. He uses them to teach me valuable lessons for my life. I am then compelled to share them…with you; hope you don’t mind dear sister.

What has God allowed in your path today?

Put on the full armor of God so that you can take your stand against the devil's schemes. (Eph. 6:11)

The seventy-two returned with joy and said, "Lord, even the demons submit to us in your name."
(Jesus said -) "I saw Satan fall like lightning from heaven. I have given you authority to trample on snakes and scorpions and to overcome all the power of the enemy; nothing will harm you. (then He gives this instruction) However, do not rejoice that the spirits submit to you, but rejoice that your names are written in heaven." (Luke 10: 17-20)

Above is my handsome woodpecker friend drinking from the fountain.


  1. Hello Charlotte and thanks for visiting my blog and leaving such a sweet comment.
    I had to smile when reading your rattlesnake post. You expressed exactly how I feel about those slithery critters! We don't have rattle snakes here in Bellingham, WA., but the plain old garden snakes give me the creeps.
    Did you write all the poems on your blog? They are very nice.
    It's always great to meet another believer.

    I am adding you to my links.

  2. Hello, Charlotte. It's nice to meet you. We have a lot in common, besides our name. I'm a "cracked pot" too and I'm not fond of rattlesnakes either. Another thing, we had a guest speaker at church this morning, he did a drama telling the story of Esther. It was fanastic. I love that story.
    I hope you will consider visiting and sharing on our Spiritual Sundays blog. Here is the url:

  3. Hi Charlotte,
    What a refreshing blog to come to! I am so happy to find a sister who is open and wanting to express her love for Jesus through her blog. I too am a 'cracked pot.' We don't have rattlesnakes here on the Island but we do have the garden variety. Thank you for stopping by and introducing yourself. I am going to become a Follower so I don't lose track of you. Please drop by again soon; would love to get to know you. Have a wonderful day.



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