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I Don’t Care for Snakes

I Don’t Care for Snakes
by Krissy Hanna

You make known to me the path of life;
you will fill me with joy in your presence,
with eternal pleasures at your right hand.”
Psalm 16:11

Several years ago, one of my sons and I went to the Garden of the Gods to spend some time enjoying God’s creation together. Upon arriving, I noticed a sign that read, “Rattlesnakes may be present, stay on the trail.” I showed my son the sign. He laughed and went through the park walking right on the edge of the path, sometimes falling off but always trying to balance on the inside of the trail. I however, do not want to ever step on a snake, so I stayed right in the middle of the path.

There are so many life lessons in this.

In life, we are given a choice between God’s path for us (the trail) and all other paths. All other paths lead toward death and destruction, yet God’s trail for us is perfectly in line with his plan. There is freedom on his path. We can skip, jog, walk, stay in the middle, or walk along the edge. But if we veer off his path, at some point, we will know. Other paths are full of unhealthy experiences, sinful choices, selfish plans, and fruitless ambitions. And we are likely to suffer snake-like consequences. 

Are you on God’s path? Are you on the edge? Are you in the middle? Are you in a constant state of worry about whether you are on the right path? God tells us that we can ascertain his will for us (i.e. “know the path”) by reading Scripture and renewing our mind with the truth of his Word. When we meditate on his Word, “we will be able to test and know what God’s will is, his good, pleasing and perfect will.”

I want that.

And I don’t care for snakes.