Posted by Deborah Elum

I had just locked the front door of my house and walked towards my truck that was parked in the driveway. All of a sudden, I noticed something moving along the bottom of the garage door.

Yes, it was a snake!

It would have been fine if the snake would have stayed outside. But, oh no, it decided to find a small opening on the side of the garage door.

Half of it was in when, it just stopped moving. I am sure it was checking things out or looking for something to eat.

I immediately unlock the front door and ran to the door that led to the garage. I grabbed the garden hoe and if I saw that snake, it would be history (if you know what I mean).

When I could not locate it, I put the hoe aside and picked up a container of snake repellent. As the repellent landed all over the cement floor, I was hoping and praying that the snake would leave the way it came in.

I grabbed the hoe again and ran through the door that led into the house, and out of the front door. I still did not see it. There were several boxes and containers we had in the garage and I was confident that it was behind or crawled into one of them.

I did not take any changes that it might decide to come into the house. So, I contacted a company that specialized in tracking down any kind of snake. I was too glad that I located a company that could come out that very day and within the next hour. Praise God! Now that’s service.

While one guy was tearing the garage apart looking for that snake, another one was going around the house spraying a solution to repel it and any others that might be in the yard. Finally, after two hours he turned to me and said, “Ma’am, that snake is not in here.”

In my mind, it was still in the garage. “Please keep looking,” was my response. “It still must be in here somewhere.”

He said, “For you, I will. But I am telling you, it is not in here. However, you do have a hole in this wall that it could have crawled into but I am 99% sure it is not in there either.”

I watched as he looked again behind containers, boxes, and other items for another 30 minutes. I continued asked him, “Did you look under that box? Did you check that container?”

“Ma’am, I have hunted snakes for fun since I was a little boy. I love tracking them down.”

Then, he took out his cell phone and said, “Let me show you some pictures on my phone of some of the snakes I have caught just this week. I am telling you, that snake is not in here.”

He had his assistant put down wire screens to seal the gap between the garage door and the wall. He advised me to keep the garage door down as much as possible. Then, as they packed up and left, he gave me this assurance, that if I see it again in the next 6 months, he would come back at no charge.

That was of some comfort.

When my husband came home, he patched the hole on the side wall. We threw out boxes and resealed containers for extra measures.

For the next few days, as I entered the garage, I would immediately turn on the light looking around the cars to make sure I did not see anything moving. Then, I would hear the snake catcher say, “That snake is not in here.”

When God sent Jesus, His purpose was to remove all sin and the effects of it. He specializes in tracking sin down in our lives and removing it completely if we ask Him in Jesus’ name.

In Hebrews 8:12, the Word of God says, “And I will forgive their wickedness, and I will never again remember their sins.” Also, Psalm 103:12 NLT says that, “He has removed our sins as far from us as the east is from the west.”

A great promise from a GREAT GOD!

Just ask God, He will forgive you. That’s His guarantee. The good part about it is that you don’t even have to feel guilty about what you have done anymore.

Our part is to keep sin out. Put down some Sin-Away (the Word of God) and patch every access (with prayer) where sin can get in. Then, at all cost, keep it OUT!

You know, it has been over two weeks since I have seen that snake. I think the snake catcher was right. That snake is gone!

 

Deb