Standing firm when a rattlesnake crawls across your boot.

by Kevin on September 22, 2010

When I was in High School and Junior High I used to hunt rattlesnakes with my Dad. My brother and I would go with our Dad and climb mountains looking for snakes among the rimrock. We would carry a snake catcher and a mirror. We would shine this mirror up under the rocks looking for snake dens. When we would find a den of snakes, we would get a garden sprayer filled with gas and squirt the gas into the den. This caused the snake’s lungs to burn and they would crawl out and we would catch them. The biggest den I ever saw didn’t look like much from the outside. There was only a small ledge that had a crack running back into the mountain. This ledge was just big enough for two people to stand on and not enough room to do anything else.

When Dad sprayed the gas in the den, he sent my brother and Zach (one of my best friends) to the truck to get a rubbermaid trash can. It was one of those big ones that held about 33 gallons. It had a lid on it and a bungee cord that attached across the lid to hold it in place. While we were waiting on Zach and Jason, my Dad and I stood there and watched these snakes crawl out onto the ledge where we were standing. We had snakes all around us. I stood there as still as I could. Watching one snake crawl across your boot while another goes between your feet will sure get you to praying.

Dad and I did most of the catching. Jason stood off to one side and a little below us telling us when more were coming out. Zach was the lid man. He would open the trash can when we caught one and then put the lid back on. He came closer to the snakes than we did. At one point the plastic lid fell into the trash can and without thinking, Zach reached in and got it. I think that scared me more than the snake crawling across my boot. We took 3 or 4 trash cans full of snakes all the way down that mountain and put them in a box. That’s about 134 gallons of rattlesnake.

When we get scared and there seems to be nowhere to run, we must stand firm and trust in God. I know up there on that ledge that I sure did some praying. I never heard him, but I bet my Dad was saying a few of his own. Maybe not for himself, but for his children and Zach. There will be times in your life when you feel like you are on that ledge with snakes slithering over your feet. If you are feeling that way today, remember what the Bible says in 2 Chronicles 20 about standing firm.

2 Chronicles 20:9

‘If calamity comes upon us, whether the sword of judgment, or plague or famine, we will stand in your presence before this temple that bears your Name and will cry out to you in our distress, and you will hear us and save us.’

No matter what your situation might be, you can call on the name of the Lord and he will hear you and save you.  Saving us means that no matter what happens to our mortal bodies, we will end up in heaven.

Putting your trust in Him no matter what the circumstance is how to survive out there on the ledge with all the snakes. I know you have a problem in your life that you have not turned over to God. Won’t you do that now and get out the way so God can fix it? If you are looking up towards God you can’t see the snakes around your feet!

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  • Joann Delano

    I am a friend of Jennifer’s and I do know Zack. I thought this was a truely amazing story. I think everyone needs to read this. Really awesome.

    Thanks for sharing this.

    • Kevin

      Thanks for stopping by Joann and come back soon. I got to visit with Zach on Sunday. He came to church with us while I was preaching is San Angelo.

  • It also reminds me of Ephesians 6:13 “therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand.” When we clothe ourselves in the armor that God gave us (which is the glory, mercy, wisdom, grace and power of Jesus Christ) we can really stand.
    PS, I’m assuming that seeing that many rattle snakes at once is the exception right? I got this thing about snakes, I get possessed by some crazy kind of spirit that sounds like a four year old girl when snakes get too close. 😉

    • Kevin

      That was the biggest den of snakes we ever found. It wasn’t unusual though to find 10 or 20.

      I love your scripture reference. That fits right in there and makes this post even more poignant. When you come see me, I will try to keep you from seeing a snake and “reverse hulking” into a four year old girl.

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  • I am with Seiji, I have the little girl syndrome as well. It must be common in us city folk.

    • Kevin

      It’s the snakes you can’t see that you need to be afraid of. Not the one’s that are right in front of you.

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