I thought I was all alone but there were noises coming from the cellar. I was too afraid to open the door. . . so I didn’t. I continued to type and then from the corner of my eye, I saw something move. I gulped and bravely looked to see him staring at me from the cellar door.
Fear grabbed me and then I ran outside and screamed for Dale. The six-foot snake still hung from the top of the door staring at me. The tip of its tail clung firmly to the top for security. Bare handedly Dale grabbed the snake with both hands. The snake was holding on for dear life! He firmly pulled him off the door. Its head stood straight up and body seemed bigger than life as Dale juggled his weight toward the front door. All along I watched from my standing position on the table top. Dale looked at me as if to wonder if I was just going to stand there or help him. He said, “I NEED YOU TO OPEN THE DOOR!” Then, he flung the snake out into the grass.
I gathered myself and sat back down to work. My daughter came into the kitchen a few minutes later and calmly pointed at the same door and said, “Mom, there’s another one.” I gulped and turned to see the second huge snake staring right at me.
This one was determined not to get caught. He slithered behind the large freezer. Us girls were undone with adrenaline and disgust. Dale told us to get a grip and help him. The third snake appeared…
We all took a deep breath after the third snake was caught and sighed in relief, believing that it was all over. It was getting late, Ellie (16 yrs old)and I were washing dishes together and she made a proclamation, “I will never, ever sleep in this home again. I’m moving in with Becca. They don’t have snakes!” As I handed her the rinsed plate to be dried off, I assured her that there were no more snakes and that she would not move in with her friend Becca.
Calmly she said,”Mom, there’s one coming from the cellar door right now.” I said, “Ellie, don’t be silly.” I turned just to make sure she was kidding but she was right! Number five and six came last and we’ve never seen another snake in the house since. Ellie never moved in with Becca.
We’ve lived in our house for twenty years and never had a snake before that or after. Dale had left the crawl space door under the house open in the fall and forgot to close it. The snakes saw it as a welcome sign for winter dwelling and took up residence. Winter was over and they were looking for their way out…
That night as I laid in bed, the verse from Ephesians 4 came to mind, “Don’t give Satan a foothold.” What’s a foothold? An open door to be invited in. Satan looks for open doors of opportunity- footholds into our life. We open doors to him when we have un-forgiveness, anger, fear or we constantly dwell on conflict we have with others. . . (just to name a few ways he slithers his way in).
We don’t even realize he’s gotten a foothold sometimes until fear or anxiety stare us in the eye and say “here I am, now what are you gonna do about it?” We can choose to ignore it, be too afraid to face it- or engage in the battle that will define our life. I don’t know about you but I don’t want to live with snakes in my home.
It’s MY home and God has not given me the spirit of fear; but of power, and love, and of sound mind. Negligence in this battle is costly. Imagine what my house would be like if I didn’t get rid of the snakes or left the door open all year long. I wouldn’t want to live here!
If Jesus is Lord of our life, than we have the weapon we need. The Word of God will defend us! We need to read it, believe it, and live it. Jesus promises to help us! Ask the Lord to reveal any open doors in your life that have allowed the enemy to have a foothold. Clean your house and shut the door to snakes!
“Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour.” I Peter 5:8
Take up the sword of the Lord which is the Word of God and rebuke the enemy with TRUTH!
“Resist the devil and he will flee from you.” James 4:7