Soon after receiving the baptism of the Holy Spirit, I found myself devouring every morsel of the New Testament, especially the seemingly absurd, I held it in my heart as my own. I had decided that if God said it, I believed it, and truly that settled it.
I was literally high on the Holy Spirit all day long every single day. I barely did what I had to do during the day. If I could not be reading the bible or books that helped me study the bible, I was praying in the Spirit.
I was quite young and bold in regards to speaking out about what I had found in the bible. I look back now and shudder at my youthful exuberance. Some of it I wish I had back now, minus the immaturity. Most people just looked at me with gaping mouths. Some quoted scriptures back to me in rebuttal, out of context.
My husband was stuck in neutral, on purpose. I’m not sure if he didn’t want to hear about it, but he didn’t say much of anything when I would be going on and on.
Then one evening he and I were coming home in the evening and it was quite dark out except for the bright light by our front door. We still lived in the trailer house but it was out on my parents farm. We had a small deck and it had wide wooden steps that were open in the back leading up to it.
I bounced up the steps and when I got to the top and turned around, he was still standing in the yard about 5 feet away, dumbstruck. His mouth was hanging wide open and he couldn’t say anything.
I asked him what was wrong and finally he said, “You just stepped right over that rattlesnake that was poised to strike.”
I quickly responded, with a shrug of my shoulder, “Well, the bible says I can tread on serpents and snakes that they will in no way harm me.” You can find that in Luke 10:19. Then I just went inside. I never looked back for the snake or felt any fear at all. I wasn’t at all surprised.
Now if you read the entire context of Luke 10 it is about us being out in the midst of spiritual wolves, but He does say that no thing, nothing, will harm us. I believe that venomous rattlesnakes are waiting to be used by the enemy to harm us. But, if we know the protection that is provided to us, we can walk confident knowing we are safe.
Now back to the story...
I’m not sure how long it took for him to move forward, but he didn’t come in for awhile. He just stood there staring where the snake had been with his mouth open. Even after it slithered off I think he was half heartedly looking in the dark for the snake, but more because he didn’t want to get bit as he was walking up the steps.
This sounds like a very absurd event, yet I was not surprised in the least at it. In fact, at that point, I expected it. That strong confidence has waxed and waned through the years. Even now, I yearn for that innocent and childlike faith that was immovable.
I know what happened that evening and for that rattlesnake to not strike me was a miracle. Some may choose to excuse it away, but I choose to believe and I am convinced that is why I can recount so many miracles in my life.
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