As long as this snake was out there, we were all a bit on edge. We didn’t want the kids going close to any bushes and we were extra careful in keeping our eyes on them when they played outside. We always have lizards darting around, but now the lizards made me jump and I was extra jittery just walking around outside. When I had told the girls to close the door, it didn’t latch, so we were also concerned the snake may have slithered into our house… not a comforting thought! We looked under the beds and in every corner, but no snake.
About 3 in the afternoon, someone came to my door and said, “Sarah, your friend has been found!” One of the workers had spotted the snake, tracked him down, and killed him! It was hanging limp over a stick and my first thought when I saw it was, “Man, that is one small and pitiful looking snake!” I felt stupid for being afraid of it. Was it really as big as I had been telling people all day? Was it even the same snake? He laid it out on the ground and I saw that it was pretty long, and I saw the bulge in it’s stomach. Yep, the same snake! The snake that was such a threat to us earlier in the day and had kept us on edge all day was now pathetic looking and was no longer a threat because he was dead!
This reminded me of our spiritual battles we fight. I’ve been having many these last few months. I’m pretty sure our enemy, Satan, doesn’t want our family here in Niger doing what we’re doing. And if we won’t leave, he at least wants to make us as ineffective as possible. But this snake episode reminded me that our enemy, Satan, will have his head crushed (Gen. 3:15). He will be defeated. He has been conquered by Christ, our Savior. In some ways I have to liken him to the living snake – dangerous, poisonous, and deadly. But one day he will be like the dead snake and will not be able to harm us in any way. Satan and his followers are real enemies, so I have to be prepared to fight against them with my weapons: the Word of God, prayer, and faith. So many times I live my life in defeat, fear, or discouragement because I don’t use these weapons God has given me.
They told us the snake was a black cobra. We’re not 100% sure if it was, but if so a bite from one would have killed Lauren in less than 30 minutes. Wow! When I think about that I just have to praise the Lord and thank Him for protecting our family! God’s in control and we rest in that knowledge. We can’t live in fear – neither earthly nor spiritual fears. Our God is greater! As I John 4:4 reminds us, “for He who is in you is greater than he who is in the world.”