This has been a really traumatic year here in the good ‘ol US of A. Tornadoes, Floods, Drought, Wildfires, Earthquake, Hurricane and now….SNAKES! At least here in Texas and other drought stricken areas of the southwest. Just so you know, I HATE snakes and no snake escapes my wrath if I ever lay eyes on one. Up until this year my preferred method of elimination has been my trusty 12 gauge but this year I have even resorted to using a large rock. I don’t know where the courage came from but I knew I didn’t have time to go for the shotgun and I wasn’t going to let it get away….never-mind that it was only a grass snake, it was good practice.
The local news even ran a story last night about the increase in the number of snakes coming into urban areas in search of water. A kindergarten student was bitten last week on the playground in a neighboring town. The one seen in the pic above is tiny but is just as deadly, especially for small children or pets. Years ago a young boy from our community almost died from being bitten by what he described as big worms that he was baiting his fishing line with, but was actually baby rattle snakes he had found.
Dang, it seems the older I get the more things I find to worry about. I have three small grandchildren that I keep a lot, we live out on the farm and we do water our yard to protect the house from possible wildfires because we are surrounded by grassland, which attracts the snakes. Our son-in-law and grand son-in-law are volunteer firefighters with our local VFD. In just the last week they have been called out a half-dozen times and one of those they were fighting the fire for 28 straight hours.
Well at least for today I am not worrying about the mess in Washington DC but that is really not a comfort because I am very sure that they are doing something else I need to worry about. If I didn’t have faith that ultimately God is in charge and that all things work to the good of those who love Him, I really would be crazy. At this point praying without ceasing is a given…..
This is what is on my mind today. What is on your mind?