I had an extremely nasty awakening this morning. As usual, I grabbed my glasses from the nightstand, scuffed into my slippers and took a step to open my bedroom door. There, peeking under that door, was a snake! After leaping back into bed, I had to think quickly, which was not easy in my wooly-headed state. To say that I am not a morning person is a major understatement.
The snake was blocking my only means of escape. I tried to think how to get out and find a hoe (although chopping a snake to death on the hardwood floor probably wasn’t the best brainstorm). I also knew that if I didn’t do something quickly, he would disappear. Now, a snake that is looking you eyeball-to-eyeball is heart stopping, but definitely preferable to a he’s-loose-somewhere-in-the-house-and-I-don’t-have-any-idea-where-he-is kind of snake. Trust me.
I walked very slowly to the closet and got an empty boot box. Moving out of range of his vision, I lowered the upended box in front of his head so he couldn’t see me, swung the door open and slammed the box down. It took a couple of tries as he was probably 2 ½’ to 3’ long. I put something heavy on the top, ran for a broom, then skooched the box through the hallway, across the living room, and then swept him out the door, off the porch, down the step, and into the yard. My heart was still pounding hours later.
Even though I don’t usually function well mentally in the morning, all that adrenaline must have cleared the fog. I got to thinking about how easy it would have been for that snake to glide away in my moment of indecision. Then, he would have been hidden, lurking, waiting to surprise me when I least suspected it. Instead of one revolting shock, there would have been at least two. Much like the sin in my life.
I have found that there is always, always an instant of clarity: the brief chance to make something right, to ask for forgiveness, to choose to forgive someone else, to bite my tongue, or to say something difficult. If I choose to ignore it or hesitate too long, the “thing” slithers quietly away to the dark recesses of my heart or mind, only to grow, then rear up and cause bigger problems at a later date. I wish I dispatched all my bad attitudes, my fears, and my sins as quickly as I did that snake. I wish they frightened me as much. They should.
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