I picked up a snake yesterday and carried it away from my daughter’s garage. I placed it gently in the leaves next to the parking pad of her driveway.
It was a small harmless rat snake.
This wasn’t my first encounter with a snake. I’ve dispatched a few in my day. I still have some built in primordial fear of them. Even the supposedly harmless ones. I don’t know where this seemingly natural fear comes from but I’ve always been afraid of snakes.
Thankfully, I am able to control my fear after quite a few years of ever so slowly maturing away from my childhood irrational immaturities.
I’ve learned to love all of God’s creatures.
But I still smack mosquitoes whenever I get the chance. Somehow I feel justified in dispatching mosquitoes. They’re like the politicians and lawyers that feast on other’s pocketbooks and woes without providing any real benefit to their voters/clients… (victims).
I’m not saying all politicians and lawyers are bad. I know that there’s good ones in the mix. But it doesn’t seem to take a lot of bad to leave a lasting negative impression.
I don’t know why it is that we are so impressionable but it may have to do with a fragile spiritual belief. If our spirit is weak, we fear more.
Building a strong spirit comes with spending time focusing and concentrating on the things we love about life. Focusing on what makes us feel good for good.
Those things that give us lasting pleasure. Like helping others.
The only thing that makes us feel better than helping others is the feeling we get from believing that we talk with our Creator. And that our creator loves us and blankets us with His wisdom, encouragement and splendid sense of humor.
It’s my personal experience that God has an incredible sense of humor. I know that He does things to make us laugh and feel good inside. I know this from my own experiences.
But His jokes, sometimes, take a bit of time to appreciate.
Some of us are slow.