Because he holds fast to me in love, I will deliver him; I will protect him, because he knows my name. Psalms 91:14
I looked down and there it was coiled in a tight circle lying millimeters from my feet. Simultaneously my body reeled back my mouth let out a yelp. The black racer had taken me by surprise scaring the heck out of me resulting in an over-dramatic response on my part.
I hate snakes. They scare the heck out of me. I don’t like the way they hide. I don’t like the way they move. I don’t like snakes. I shudder at the thought of them.
The Psalmist writes about serpents and lions for a reason. Serpents are sneaky and lions are fierce. Our lives are filled with sneaky and fierce struggles. Struggles that startle us like hiding snakes or devour us like lions. They can be skirmishes with ourselves, others, or outside forces.
How about you?
Are you struggling with lions and serpents in your life today? Are powerful circumstances pressing down upon you? Stalking you? Encircling you? Closing in on you?
Is your heart racing, palms sweating and head swiveling as the clamping jaws of your circumstance open wider ready to pull you to the ground and devour you?
Or maybe your steps, words and heart are guarded today because of the venomous words and actions of the people slithering around you. Are you having to step lightly around the coiled cobras of anger, bitterness, insecurity, ambition, or manipulation?
Are you living in fear with your toes down and heals up, eyes scanning the lay of the land, hoping to avoid the strike of a heart-stopping poisonous fang from the mouth of a viper?
Psalms 91:13-16 cries out to us:
The words in these few verses not only proclaim the protection of God, but also tell of the triumph of the trusting. If we hold fast in Him in love then He will:
Be with us.
Today, when trying circumstances are circling and mean people are prowling, lift your eyes up, take heart, hang on, press on and prevail because God’s got this and you. He is greater than anything or anyone we could ever encounter.
Got snakes and lions nearby? Walk confidently in their midst because faith in God has given you impenetrable protective boots to wear.
So, stop tiptoeing and start stomping. Faith boots were made for walking.
Between a husband, 2 sons, and teaching high school my sanity is found in running and Starbucks. I have a circle of running friends who inspire me to be authentic and real as I live a life of faith before them.