Dealing With Snakes In Your Life
By Doug Bing, Washington Conference president
I am not a huge lover of snakes. I have played with them when around other people, so they won’t know that I don’t like them, and I have held them for long periods of time. However, I would never choose to be around them. Wilma, my wife of 36 years, had one rule for our new marriage: no snakes in the house. Well that was quite easy to follow!
During my childhood, one particular experience with a snake stands out in my mind. I was playing with several of the neighborhood children outdoors and as we were walking towards the park we came upon a large 5-foot snake. Being children, the snake seemed to be 7-8 feet long at the time.
We surrounded the snake as it tried to escape, and it did what most snakes will do. It coiled up into a defensive position with its tail sticking up and shaking back and forth and its head came up ready to strike. This had all the appearances to us of being a rattlesnake. One of us raced home to tell my mother.
We were screaming and hollering, and soon other children were surrounding the snake too. My mother came racing from the house with a garden hoe in hand. Then my quiet unassuming mother transformed into one of the most aggressive humans I think I had seen in my short life.
Continue reading to see how Doug connects his childhood memory to the story of the Israelites and the Bronze Snake!