Eating Snake


scrub jay

I watched the young snake wriggle in the beak of the Western Scrub Jay. The bird was determined to eat and the snake was determined to be free. Finally the bird let go of the snake, jumped on it, and began pecking at the snake’s head. It took about two minutes, but the bird won the battle and flew away with dinner.

There are times I feel like the blue Scrub. I consider a problem, maybe even in prayer, and it’s not long before I find the problem shaking back and forth in my mind. What was a tiny thought now has control of my thinking.

Paul wrote that God sets a guard at our hearts and minds when we pray with thanksgiving. As we acknowledge God’s sovereign wisdom, power, and control in our lives – and our own frailty – we can give Him thanks, even in the most dire of circumstances.

A worried mind and anxious heart may be a sign of thanklessness, ripe for the correction of letting go.

Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus (Philippians 4:6-7).

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