My family and I always have had an abundance of pets and a...

My family and I always have had an abundance of pets and a love for animals of all kinds. So it has been easy for me to see the spiritual qualities of God hinted at in nature and in all kinds of creatures. I've always loved this passage from Isaiah (11:6): "The wolf also shall dwell with the lamb, and the leopard shall lie down with the kid; and the calf and the young lion and the fatling together; and a little child shall lead them." This statement in Science and Health by Mrs. Eddy is also a favorite (p. 514): "All of God's creatures, moving in the harmony of Science, are harmless, useful, indestructible."

About a year and a half ago, my husband, our puppy, and I were returning from a walk in one of Florida's state parks when we heard a clacking sound. But we saw nothing. Then, looking around the grassy area where we were standing, we saw a large rattlesnake quite close to us, coiled and poised for a strike. His tail was rattling vigorously! I was in shorts, wearing thong sandals. But I just stood there, conscious of spiritual truths such as those mentioned earlier. I felt no fear. Nor did it occur to me to think of the snake as hideous or poisonous. In fact, I couldn't help noticing that the patterns on the snake's skin were colorful and distinctive. Our puppy, who usually investigates and plays with "new" things, never saw the snake, despite its proximity and rattling. Very soon a truck came along, driven by a park ranger. The ranger took the snake and let it go deep in the woods where it belonged.

January 5, 1987

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