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.”