A SNAKE, A CANDLE AND A SHOE
Psalm 91 was a reality more than once in our years in Africa. We as a family, my Dad, mother, younger sister Carolyn, younger brother Henry, Glyn and I loaded up our trucks and made the long journey to Gobatema mission station so the men could do some repairs, maintenance and check on the mission school. This was the mission station where I was born and was deep in the bush, totally isolated from civilization, extremely primitive with no electricity or running water in the mission houses. Leopards would regularly prowl the compound in the night hours; snakes and an assortment of tropical creepy crawlies plus 120 degree heat were our constant companions! Twenty seven years later the living conditions at the mission station was still the same as it was in my formative years!
After a very dusty, spine rattling journey we finally arrived at dusk and settled in one of the mission houses for the night. Carolyn and I were sleeping in a room that served as a bedroom/office. Dad and Mom had the main bedroom; Glyn and Henry were sleeping on low camp cots in the living room. I was disturbed in the night, so lit the candle by my bed only to find a snake curled up by my slippers. I woke my sister and ask her to help me kill the snake. I was concerned that it would crawl into the sleeping bags where Glyn and Henry were sleeping as their camp cots were just a few inches off the cement floor. Carolyn took one look at the snake, pulled her blankets tighter around her and promptly became my “cheer-leader”. She had no intentions of getting mixed up in this fight!! So I gingerly stepped out of bed grabbed the only thing I could reach, which turned out to be my shoe and as hard as I could I pounded the unsuspecting snake on the head. Then in a moment of brilliant “feminine logic”, I pounded the other end of the now writhing snake in case I had mistaken its tail for its head! The boys were awakened by the noise and asked if we were killing mosquitoes, we informed them that I was killing a snake! Much laughter ensued to my announcement and our two “knights in shining armor” rolled over and went back to sleep! The next morning the guys told Mom about our “imagined” night visitor; she came running into the room asking what I did with the snake. Rubbing sleep from my eyes I pointed under the desk where I had “stashed” my trophy until morning light; but on closer inspection the snake was gone! After much teasing and tormenting over breakfast we came to the conclusion that in the night one of the large geckos that ran freely on the rafters, (the house had no ceilings just rough rafters), had found the dead snake and hauled it away for a midnight snack. As humorous as this event was it was one of the many examples in our lives of the verses of Psalm 91 in action! The verses in Psalm 91:13-14 were a reality that night.
Psalm 91:13-14 (NKJV) You shall tread upon the lion and the cobra, The young lion and the serpent you shall trample underfoot. “Because he has set his love upon Me, therefore I will deliver him; I will set him on high, because he has known My name.
So my friends, in this day of terrible evil THERE IS A PLACE OF SAFETY for the child of God. Do not allow fear to rule in your hearts during these difficult times. According to Hebrews 10, we have an open invitation to run into the presence of our Lord and dwell in the secret place under His wings at the mercy seat. This is where God meets with us, where His glory is revealed to us, where He gives us guidance and shows us His will. His shadow is a strong protection! Rejoice today as He has promised us a place of safety and security! Today hold onto this promise that the Lord gave us:
John 14:27 (NKJV) Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.