I grew up on a canal & we had various wildlife including snakes, which are no bueno for me. So this morning when I read in Acts 27 about Paul getting bit by a snake, I recoiled. The people who saw the snake fasten onto Paul decided that he was just getting justice for some evil he did & he merely shook off the snake & went about his business. He didn’t swell up & die, as the observers had expected but rather he went into the town & prayed for someone’s dad who was healed.
Despite being misunderstood & wrongly judged, going through a cataclysmic storm, surviving shipwreck & being bit by a snake, Paul just kept going.
There are always plenty of reasons to curl up in a corner & quit, but let’s be more like Paul, shake the snake & go pray for someone to get healed 🙂
I don’t like snakes, never have & I have very strong beliefs that I never will. I don’t like snakes, full stop. Lizards, on the other hand, don’t wig me out nearly as much as snakes. I watched a lizard eat a bug the other day & found myself cheering for the lizard – yea buddy! United against bugs!! 🙂
My husband informed me that I need to understand that lizards eat bugs like snakes eat mice & rodents. Even though I don’t like the snakes, everything has a place & use, by Divine design.
This makes me consider that perhaps God has a use for the things I don’t like,
I don’t like that babies starve to death with no hope for the future = Saving Moses
I don’t like that a 3year old girl sells condoms to her moms sex clients = nightcare
I don’t like that my thoughts can get murky & tainted = meditating on the Bible (1Cor 13 is a great starting place or the Sermon on the Mount, Psalms 23, Col 3, . . . .)
God can use the things I don’t like for significant redemptive value, maybe even snakes ,)
Hope is essential to life. We all need hope – hope that today will have good things in it, hope that our hearts will stay connected to Christ, hope that the price of gas will stop rising, hope that my son David will stop trying to get me to like snakes, hope that I’m doing a good job as a wife & mom, hope that God is bigger than my doubts, hope that they’ll have decaffeinated coffee in Ethiopia, . . . . hope.
Obama wrote a book called, “The Audacity of Hope” – I have the audacity of hope that God is alive & working in every moment of each day through the good, medium & yucky. Ps 146:5, “Happy is he who has the God of Jacob for his help, Whose hope is in the LORD his God.”
What are your hopes?