Posted by: Diane | September 8, 2011

An Unexpected Response

I decided to go for a long walk this morning, take some pictures and enjoy the winding roads around here.

I loved the rambling hills and the towering walls of glorious green that surrounded me. I heard scampering and rustling on the forest beds and a delightful variety of tweets and twitters up high in the branches. (Can I still use “tweets” and “twitters” in this context??)

I met some friendly folk along the way and we stood on their dock, discussing the bliss of living on the water. I didn’t intend on stopping to talk to anyone but that’s just the way the morning unfolded.

An hour later, I was on my way…until I came across a little brown snake with a green stripe on its belly.

Innocent- looking enough,” I thought to my naive self.

I leaned down to take a picture and all of a sudden, this sweet- looking snake opened its huge mouth and hissed at me. I’m not exaggerating when I say that its mouth was about half its total length.

I fell back, dropped my camera and watched the snake slither into the bushes.

It really surprised me – such a big sound from such a small creature.

It reminded me that people can be the same way. What you see isn’t always what you get. People can hiss at you at the most unexpected times. They open their unbridled mouths and what comes out can knock you right off your feet. They don’t seem to give thought to how it affects you – what’s important is how they feel, whether justified or not. Once spoken, the wounding words do great damage.

Cato, a Roman statesman, once said, “An angry man opens his mouth and shuts his eyes.”

Lord, help me to think before I speak.

The tongue is a small part of the body, but it makes great boasts.  Consider what a great forest is set on fire by a small spark.   James 3.5


  1. Oh , How true!

  2. That snake just didn’t like having his picture taken!! There are privacy laws you know!

  3. Funny – I read this and know of a ‘snake’ that hissed – it hurt as much as it surprised me.

    • I agree, Debbie. It can really hurt when you get “hissed at.”
      Hope you have found some healing.

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