The Second Snake

The Second Snake

The Second Snake

My younger son is five. He isn’t afraid to pick up anything. Anything. His older brother knows that little brother will pick up and touch anything, so we often hear, “Hey, dude! Come and pick this up!”

I recently ushered my kids out the door into the garage to play. I opened the garage door so they could start pulling out bikes and toys. I went inside to brush my teeth and get some shoes on so I could join them. In the middle of brushing my teeth, my older son came inside yelling about how I had to come outside. “Right now, Mom.” His voice told me he was serious. He talked on: “There’s a snake, Mom. In the garage!”

I went on high-alert. In the garage. A snake. Great.

I brushed my teeth quickly, put on shoes that covered my toes (very important when a snake is nearby, I learned from experience).

I prepared myself mentally. I was going to have to catch another snake. I went through in my head what needed to be done. My heart rate increased. My mind was racing about the steps I was going to take next.

All of that was dissolved the moment I opened the door to the garage.

My five year old stood at the door, holding his arm up, with a snake dangling from his hand.

The mix of emotion was bizarre. Pride mixed with fear mixed with relief.

I was proud of him for doing such a crazy, scary thing. He was never scared. He knew how to handle snakes because he listened and learned from others. He also knew that it was a harmless garter snake. I was proud that he knew such fearlessness and courage.

I had a pang of fear. All of the what-ifs ran through my head in a single moment. What if the snake had been poisonous? What if it had bitten him or his siblings? What if the 2-year old had found it instead?

I largely felt relief. I didn’t have to catch a snake after all. No sneaking through the garage, moving bikes and boxes, trying to locate the slithery creature. I was relieved that the task was done.

How many times in my life do I get myself all worked up about something that needs to be done? Often, I think. I mentally prepare for all that I have to do. I work through every possible situation and outcome in my mind. I get worked up. Then, I open the door to face the situation and God is standing there with it all taken care of. It is done. Relief. I don’t have to do anything. God has it taken care of.

I could break this down into several situations in my life. Those times when I get myself in a tizzy, filled with worry and uncertainty. I’m not sure how someone else will react. I’m not sure how I should handle things. I wonder what needs to be done. I begin to mentally prepare for all of the different outcomes that could ever be possible. It is exhausting.

Deuteronomy 32:4 says, “The Rock! His work is perfect, For all His ways are just; A God of faithfulness and without injustice, Righteous and upright is He.” (NASB) The Message says, “…A God you can depend upon, no exceptions, a straight-arrow God.”

Instead of mentally wearing myself out, I need to just let God do His work. He knows how to handle things. He knows what the poisonous situations look like, and He can handle those too. He knows how to gently handle every single aspect of my life so that it doesn’t bite. The only thing that is required of me is to sit back and let Him handle it.

For those who may be wondering: No snakes were harmed during the making of this story. We did not harm the snake. We took it to the woods and let it go. Just like last time. 

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22 Comments

  1. I loved this! It was funny and it spoke to me! I allow myself to get mentally worked up too. It was a great reminder to let God work because he already knows the answers. He is more than able. Visiting from the #RaRalinkup.

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    • Thank you for visiting, Kristen!

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  2. The “what ifs” in life can either paralyze us or empower us. When we allow ourselves to be paralyzed by the fear of the unknown, it’s like paying interest on a loan we didn’t sign. When we acknowledge and release the “what ifs” to God, we are free to experience and appreciate the present moment.

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    • Absolutely true, Elan! Thank you for those wise words!

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  3. Hey Dana … thanks for dropping by and introducing yourself today! It’s so good to meet you and to connect, heart to heart.

    My mothering years are far behind me, but in the mix of grandkids there’s a 4 year old, a 5 year old and a 6 year old. So I’m resonating with your snake saga tonight …

    Thanks for the lessons learned, the wisdom shared!

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    • Thank you for reading, Linda!

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  4. Yikes! Snakes! You brave, brave woman!

    I remember coming home from school in 5th grade. My mom was in the front yard with a snake captured under the head of her garden hoe. She handed over the hoe, told me to hold it down and went to get the poison. (No second chance for snakes at our house. One ran over her bare feet when she was taking out trash and the war was on.)

    Letting God handle it is such a hard thing to learn! I was just saying to a friend yesterday, “I know resolution is coming. It’s just not on my timeline.” Thank you for your message. It is resonating with the still small voice residing within me. Just hang on. I’ve got it!

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    • Thank you for sharing that story, Samantha! I have definitely had to learn that not all snakes are bad, even though I do not like them myself. Thank you for commenting!

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  5. Oh gosh, now I wish I had the bravery of your five year old! Brave boy.
    I so needed your reminder though, Dana, He will take care of everything, often before I even ask. He will be my Rock, unshakeable, unmoveable.
    Thanks, girl, your words bring my mind and heart some much needed peace :) Love and blessings!

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    • He definitely is a brave little guy. He amazes me! I’m glad this post gave you some peace. I had to re-read it myself this week and take my own words to heart about a situation that I was mentally working myself up about. I needed this reminder, too, that God is in control. Thank you for reading, Christine!

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  6. “Instead of mentally wearing myself out, I need to just let God do His work.” Oh yes, that – it’s amazing how we can spin ourselves in circles over things that will only ever be real in our own heads! We have a real God, who does good work and is able – He is able. Now, snakes – oh my – yeah, that’s a whole different ballgame and from the first one to the last – they are gross! :) Swinging by from #W2W today.

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    • I had to re-read this myself this week to remind myself to STOP trying to work things out in my mind. God really has it under control. Thank you for reading and commenting!

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  7. I love this passage.
    Deuteronomy 32:4 says, “The Rock! His work is perfect, For all His ways are just; A God of faithfulness and without injustice, Righteous and upright is He.” (NASB) The Message says, “…A God you can depend upon, no exceptions, a straight-arrow God.”
    WOW…I don’t think I’ve ever heard it before. I also love the analogy. What a great reminder to rest in Him. He’s got it all taken care of. Your humor at the end was perfect too. A beautiful writer and I’m so glad to connect with you at #coffeeforyourheart. <3 Amy

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    • Thank you, Amy, for reading and commenting. I love seeing the reminders around me that God has it all under control! :)

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  8. How right you are Dana! He has it all covered. No snake can bite without his permission and even then his rule reigns. Love your story today; keep on seeing Jesus in all the small things of life. It’s powerful. Cheering you on from the #RaRalinkup on Purposeful Faith.

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    • Thank you, Kelly. Your kind words mean a lot!

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  9. What a brave little boy you have or maybe he’s so curious he doesn’t think to be afraid! Glad it wasn’t a harmful snake. I can sure identify with all those emotions running through your mind at the time. :) So many times I’ve gotten worked up about things, too, only to realize they weren’t so bad after all. It’s so easy to let our minds run wild, but God does have things under control. I need to remind myself of that and continue learning to trust Him more and in all circumstances.

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    • Thank you for the kind comment, Gayl. My little guy is very knowledgeable about snakes and bugs. We have gone to great lengths to be educated and know what NOT to touch or mess with! I’ve had to learn to keep him in the loop on what things are in nature, because some things need to be left alone!

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  10. What a cute and true story! I love that our little boys are so proud to be brave and adventurous. My heart melts. I get myself in a mental tizzy too. Thanks for the reminder that He’s got this!

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    • Thanks for reading, Meg! Isn’t it great to have those reminders that God is in control?

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  11. haha. Wow, you have a brave boy on your hands! I sometimes run in to situations where all I can think of is “What if”. But I need to calm down, learn from it and be grateful that it didn’t go another way. Thanks for stopping by #ConfessionsLinkUp

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    • Thanks, Amy! He is definitely brave. Thanks for stopping by today!

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