Don’t move son. . .there’s a snake between your legs.

by Kevin on August 31, 2011

I looked up into the chimney and wondered how a fat guy in a red suit ever got down such a small space. Nobody ever accused me of being a genius when I was four years old, but I knew that a tonka truck wouldn’t go down the toilet just because you could close the lid on it. If the truck couldn’t go down the toilet, a fat guy wasn’t getting down the chimney.

I was a little smart mouthed cowboy along for the ride and it’s the first time I remember being in the house that my dad grew up in. The large bricked chimney in the living room caught my eye and I headed right for it. Chimneys and Santa Claus go together like cowboys and snuff cans.

Nobody currently lived in the house and we were there to check on it.

As I stood there, spread eagled like I was fixing to get hand-cuffed and hauled off to juvy, looking up into the chimney and thinking about Santa Claus, I heard my dad say, “Kevin, don’t move a muscle.”

I heard my mother gasp and my dad run out of the house. I stood there perfectly still. I don’t know why I didn’t turn around and ask, “Why?”

I just stood there and did what I was told. I didn’t move. I didn’t know why I wasn’t supposed to move, I just did what I was told.

When dad got back, he pulled the three foot rattlesnake that I had straddled out from between my legs and killed it.

I think about that event every once in a while, even though some of the memory is from stories told about that day and not from my own. Several times in my life I have felt like I heard God say, “Be still” or maybe “Get moving”, only to do the complete opposite and pay the price for it.

We’re not supposed to question him, just obey. Obey first and then start askin’ questions later. In my experience, once you’ve done the obeying, the questions don’t matter anymore. I didn’t have to ask my dad why he told me to be still after I obeyed. It was obvious.

Don’t worry about turnin’ around to see if the Lord’s there. Trust that He is. He’s always lookin’ out for us and He’s the only one with the power to save us. Psalm 130:7 (Simplified Cowboy Version)


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  • Don Coyote

    Proverbs 3:5
    Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.

    I’m with ya here. Every time I’ve turned around ta ask “why?” I got snake-bit. I’m not sure about this, but it seems like in my walk with our Lord, that as I mature (supposedly) I’m actually goin’ back’ards. By that I mean I’m more like a trusting 4 year-old these days, who just trusts his DAD (Abba) to always be there, no questions asked. It’s OK to not have or know all the answers, Dad does and that’s good enough for me. And one word that I’ve dropped from my vocabulary is WHY(?) The answer I got from my earthly Dad suffices when comin’ from my Heavenly Father and that is “Because I said so”

    Ain’t it great ta be a kid again?

    • Kevin

      Awesome word right there! There is no “I” in team and no “why” in obedience!

  • Leanna

    There are so many things going on right now, that I am beginning to feel like a cross between Jonah and Paul; wanting to run away, yet struggling to stay. Thank you for the reminder to be still and listen.

    • Kevin

      Thank you for listening….and reading.

      Hope you be still real good.

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