Snake Charmer

If a serpent strikes despite being charmed, there’s no point in being a snake charmer.

–Ecclesiastes 10:11

I am not a “snake” person.

Whenever considering creatures to bring into my home as a pet, I never put snake on the list.

At some point in my life, I have seen video clips of snake charmers, as well as photos of them.

As for me, I wouldn’t want to be anywhere near a snake, attempting such an activity.

The verse above seems to suggest that there is danger in choosing to be a snake charmer.

There is a very real risk that a person could be bitten, yet there are other implications.

When I try to apply this to my life apart from snakes, there seems to be a significant idea.

If it’s likely that I will be harmed by a certain choice that I am about to make, what’s the point in making that choice?

If there are alligators in the water, what’s the point in going swimming?

If smoking cigarettes causes lung cancer, what’s the point in smoking?

There probably aren’t many people who would choose to swim with alligators, but there are countless people in the world who smoke, despite warnings to their health.

I make my own choices.

So do you.

Will we make wise ones?

If not, what’s the point?




Look Carefully


Walking out to my car, I suddenly noticed him.

He was right by the car door that I was approaching.

Lying very still and cautiously, the snake was oddly motionless.

I took several photographs of him, yet he remained calm.

If I hadn’t been paying attention, I could have just stepped right on him.

That would have been bad….

Although I didn’t think he was a poisonous snake, he could’ve been.

In my life, I know I need to pay attention in all areas, not just the ground I happen to be walking on.

What dangers are lurking right in front of me?

If I listen to God’s guidance and pay attention, many troubles could surely be avoided.

Look carefully then how you walk, not as unwise but as wise, making the best use of the time, because the days are evil.

—Ephesians 5:15

look carefully