From Pastor Mike’s Personal Blog:
Recently I had some time to spend in the woods. It is one of my favorite places to be, when I get completely surrounded by God’s creation and have no other place to be. There is something special about sitting in the woods, when you know that not another living person knows where you are at and God is the only one who is aware of your current location. It is this perfect time of solitude and peace, although I am covered in camo with a weapon as I wait to try and harvest one of God’s creations. I will admit that I have been completely lost in thought with God a time or two, while a deer has strolled up.
On this occasion I was sitting on the ground, legs hanging over the edge of a ridge, watching and listening to all that was going on in the trees. It’s as if you become one with nature, you can feel the wind shift, the sound of a stick being stepped on 100 yards away and then it happened. Something caught my eye, I looked down and a snake was right next to my leg. Are you kidding me, how did this snake get right next to me, how did I not see or hear it, so much for being at one with nature. As soon as I saw the snake, he or she, saw me too (remember camo) neither of us was going to move. Now, I am not afraid of any snake, as Jesus commanded, “See, I have given you authority to tread on snakes and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy; and nothing will hurt you.”
Although I was in no real danger form this snake it did make me think. Thanks to Adam in the garden of Eden, I can’t help but think of Satan when I see a snake slithering by. This snake got really, really close and it made me ponder, how many times has Satan slithered right up next to me without me noticing. As R.C. Sproul put it, “Cunning. Craftiness. Subtlety. Guile. These are the descriptive qualifiers that paint the biblical portrait of Satan.” I can get so comfortable in my surroundings that I don’t see him coming. Or I can get super focused on a task or objective that I’m like a horse with blinders on. And then it happened again. Where did it go, as slick as it slithered up to me, it has vanished. So I started looking, I mean really looking without moving (I’m still hunting) for this snake. There he is, somehow he moved without notice and had turned the tables on me and was completely camouflaged in the grass to my left.
Just like Satan, when I thought the snake was gone, I see him hiding in the grass. What a perfect vision of Satan, he loves to slither up next to us and hide, close enough to strike. Unless your different than me, I find it that I am in the most danger, I am at my weakest, when I am alone. When no other person knows where I’m at. The problem with me, is me, as good as I try to be and as much as I try to follow Jesus, at my core I’m still sinful by nature or as some might call it depravity. My take away from this little encounter with a slithering friend, keep my guard up, especially when I think I’m alone(we are never alone, Jesus is always with us). We also get some good advice from Peter, “Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. Resist him, standing firm in the faith, because you know that the family of believers throughout the world is undergoing the same kind of sufferings.” – 1 Peter 5:8-9