Enjoy the Morning!

Florida ~ Spring 1988

The bus had just picked my children up for school and I was now free to enjoy the morning. I didn’t have to go to work for a few hours and was looking forward to spending some time with John, my friend who lived next door. He was like a grandfather to me and the children. I could always count on him for a good cup of coffee and conversation. John was expecting me and was already out on his screened in porch setting up the coffee for us, calling out, “Good morning!” as I came out of my house. I grinned and charged down my steps to run barefooted across the soft, cool grass between our homes, just like a kid!

I raised my arm to wave hello and was startled as my foot slammed into something hard beneath it. My leg was still mid-air with knee bent, my foot not yet near the ground. I started to pitch forward from the sudden halt and felt my whole body caught as if it were held in strong, invisible arms. I looked down to see what my foot had hit. There was nothing there but air between me and a large, colorful snake . . . a very poisonous coral snake! I would have stepped right on it and been bitten! I surely would have been had I fallen next to it! I felt the arms gently guide me slowly backwards away from the deadly serpent. I couldn’t take my eyes off of it! My heart seemed to be slamming right out of my chest and I choked as my stomach came up into my throat. I heard John yelling, asking what was wrong, and I called out to tell him there was a coral snake. He ran down his steps, went to his shed, and emerged with a long handled hoe. Quickly spotting the invading creature, he dispatched it without a qualm. I sat down on my steps and started shaking and crying as I realized how close I had just come to possible death. John came over to hold me when he finished with the intruder. I’m sure he was even more concerned when I started laughing! Was I in shock? Yes, of course, but mostly I was now feeling such great relief and gratitude that I was laughing with joy! John had certainly helped but it was a greater force than he that had saved me that morning. I was alive and I was loved! Enjoy the morning? With the precious gift of God’s grace and mercy, I get to enjoy life!

Have you ever experienced an intervention; something invisible or unexplainable?

“Red on yellow, poison fellow; red on black, safe from attack.”

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Virginia Lee enriches her writing with her experiences of the human spirit, sharing the same in her work of helping others. Enjoy the journey!
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7 Responses to Enjoy the Morning!

  1. danniehill says:

    God’s touch is not always mysterious. As I read I was trying to recall that rhyme. Never could remember so there’s a few poor king snakes that were unduly punished by my hand. Glad you are safe!

    • dagonsblood says:

      This was pretty direct I’d say! No doubt here! :-D Living where I was in those years, I had this memorized. I think its better you are safe than sorry, at least you erred on the safe side. Glad you are here. Great to share with friends like you. ;-)

  2. fuonlyknew says:

    You were truly blessed that time Ginny:) I once fell off a short overhang and time slowed to a crawl. I was deposited gently to the ground. I know what you are feeling.
    Beautiful cup of coffee!
    I have heard other versions of that rhyme. I always use this one as there are so many coral snakes here.
    Red on Yellow, Kill a Fellow
    Red on Black, Friend of Jack!

    • dagonsblood says:

      Thank you, Laura, for sharing one of your experiences too! I have had several of those “slow” falls! I know the feeling. It is awesome and still gives me goosebumps when I think of them! There are several versions of the rhyme. The important thing to remember is “Red on Yellow ~ Kills!” Coral snakes are predominant in the south. I’m glad that you stay safe! Always good to share with you, my dear friend. ;-)

  3. Dan says:

    Many do not realize God’s intervention when it happens. Only a few get a glimpse, and even fewer talk about it. Thank you for your keen eye and beautiful prose. God happens all the time when you let him.

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