She could laugh about it after the snake was dead, but while it was alive there was no laughter to be found. This got me to thinking. How many snakes do we encounter everyday and not even realize it?
My guess is that it is more than 1. The thing about a snake is that you don't always see or hear it coming. It may be in your midst for days, weeks, months, years and you don't even know it. They come in so many forms that it can be hard to keep track. They can blend in to the background and only pop out when necessary, but not long enough for you to catch on to them.
Rattle snakes tend to give themselves away. (Hints the rattle). Sometimes you can prepare for their strike and sometimes you can beat them over the head with a 2x4 (like my uncle) and prevent their strikes. Disclaimer...that last statement was not in the literal sense, please don't go around hitting people with 2x4s. We know snakes are bound to show up in our lives at some point. So how do you go about spotting them and protecting yourself?
First is to equip yourself with a weapon that cannot be destroyed and has a proven track record of defeating snakes. I'm talking about the Bible. This tool gives us all the information we need to keep ourselves guarded. Col. 4 teaches us to be watchful, vigilant, and prayed up at all times.
Next is to figure out who is the snake in your life. They may not always try to strike you down, but they can be poisonous to your life. A "friend" who never has anything nice to say can spit venom into your spirit and will cause you to only focus on the negative instead of the positive. A boss that you cannot seem to please and who makes you doubt your own abilities and gifts. A spouse that loves you one minute and then abuses you the next. These and more can be snakes. The best way to find out who the snake is, is to ask God for the spirit of discernment. Ask God to help you see what others cannot and understand what others do not. Ask God to fix your heart so that love flows through and to forgive you and purge you of any venom inside of you.
Finally, trust God and obey Him. As a Christian, there are certain limitations to our living. Certain places we cannot go and things we cannot do. Remember Eve in the garden of Eden? There are certain places that snakes frequent and if we remain sober minded and watchful, we will be able to discern those places, people, and times when the Spirit is telling us "no". I cannot promise that we won't encounter snakes in the church, at work, or in our homes. I can promise that if you hold fast to God and allow your mind to stay focused on Jesus, you will decrease the likelihood of a snake spitting it's venom into your life.