The rattlesnake and the dove

While I was living on a ranch in South Dakota, some of our neighbors told us that the area was infested with rattlesnakes. But I never saw one. One day I asked a rancher how that could be, and he said, "You know, you are a danger to them. And they hide from danger." That made sense. Not exposing themselves to danger.

There are effective ways to pray about protection from danger. In the Bible, for example, Jesus said to his disciples, "Behold, I send you forth as sheep in the midst of wolves: be ye therefore wise as serpents, and harmless as doves" (Matt. 10:16). I think of this as meaning we need to be wise first, before we can be harmless to ourselves and others. And I have asked myself, "What is the wisdom of a serpent?"

I love the weather
March 10, 2003

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