I was pulling the weeds yesterday while chatting with my mom on the phone. As I got to a particularly large weed I was pulling and pulling and couldn’t get it out. I had gotten all the rest the weeds and I was doing one last look over to make sure when I saw what I thought was a bird feather in the bush I had just been pulling so hard at. It looked so large I thought it might have been a small dead bird. So I got real close to see what exactly it was.
Then upon closer inspection I realized what it was. And I might have freaked out a little.
A baby rattlesnake was inches away from where my hands had just been. I quickly got my husband and we spent the next ten minutes trying to catch it. It was such an ordeal because we were trying to use a shovel to get it out of the bushes but then it just went deeper in the more we tried.
It took a lot more work then I was expecting but we finally got to it again and immediately took it’s head off. I was not going to let it live right outside my front door. WAY to close for comfort.
Ryan and Jared were brave and didn’t even think twice. I might have screamed like a a girl, a couple times. The snake kept moving after it was killed and I didn’t realize they did that.
I had a rough night last night. Just one of those moments were you just want to go to bed early and start the day day with a clean slate. And with the fresh perspective the new day gives I was blessed with new insight.
As we sat around the breakfast table and read scriptures before the kids went off to school thoughts came and words were shared that touched my heart so deeply and gave me much needed peace and comfort.
And then my mind was drawn to that snake. Often times satan is waiting just outside our doorstep just like that snake was. He is cunning and sneaky and knows when to hide (and if anything like that snake he can hide well) and when to strike.
As I thought in this I realized the importance of arming ourselves and our children with the knowledge and strength of Gods words that we know how to handle dangerous situations and temptations. Inside our doors should be a safe haven from the world and I pray daily for that very thing. I want my children to know they can come to us with any problems so that when they do come across the snakes they will know how to handle them. And if they mess up and get bite that they can come to us for help and guidance.
Yesterday we were also hit with a pretty serious monsoon. Record breaking rain levels in a very short amount of time.
This was hours after the storm had hit. Usually there is no water there and it is not normally a heavy flowing river.
The dangers that come from the floods was another metaphor to me of the trials and struggles we, as all humans, must face. Am I teaching my children to stay on safe ground? Do they know where to find refuge from the storms?
I came across this article in my studies today.
Elder Bednar reminds us of three steps that can helps us to be more diligent and concerned at home.
1. Express love and show it
2. Bear testimony and live it
3. Be consistent.
I feel as I do these things I am strengthening my children to be able to handle the snakes, whirlwinds and storms that can occur just outside my front door.
I’m going to hug my children tight when they get home today.