Friday, July 15, 2011

The kids and I were out hiking yesterday when I heard Sawyer yell "MAMA!" but it was too late...

Gopher snake
because my foot had already committed to the step.  All I saw was tan and black coiled up and thought "Rattler!" and felt that yucky squish under my foot.  Each hand held a kid and I threw them as far as I could and jumped off of the snake's coils.  Elaina landed on her feet and ran, Sawyer landed on his back  2 feet from the snake and in all the confusion didn't know which way to roll to get away from it.  I ran back and grabbed him and sprinted out of there.  I prayed quickly that no one had been bit and checked each of our legs.  We watched the dazed and confused snake slither away.  I was relieved to see that the head wasn't the right shape for a rattler nor did he have rattle.  After a solid adrenaline rush and trying to shake it off, I thanked God that it wasn't a rattler and that if it was poisonous, God had probably helped me step on the poor guy's head because he didn't retaliate.  I realized this was one of those great teachable moments for the kids on the human relationship with serpents from Genesis 3.  I did google the snake later, and evidently gopher snakes ARE often mistaken for rattlers because of their coloring :)

"You will crawl on your belly and you will eat dust all the days of your life.  And I will put enmity between you and the woman and between your offspring and hers; he will crush your head and you will strike his heel."  Genesis 3:14b-15


 So there, ya nasty old beast!

7 comments:

  1. Worst nightmare ever. Glad you are all okay!

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  2. I'm glad you guys were kept safe!

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  3. Great response, Mom. AND good to see it as a teachable moment. Precept upon precept - that is how it is done. Keep it up. God will bless His teaching through you.

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  4. ah man, I hate snakes. glad you are safe.

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  5. Oy. Phew. Good reflexes, Mama! :~)

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  6. je sais que le seigneur veille sur ses élus pour q'aucun mal ne les arrivent!Gloire à Dieu pour la protection divine!

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  7. Jolie photo aussi,je vois seyo massim!tout beau!

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