A Lesson From A Snake

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I find that watching nature shows gives me an appreciation of God’s redemptive work.  It is not that animals are standing behind a pulpit delivering a sermon, although I do believe that would get my attention.  What I mean is how God has placed pictures of His love and goodness within the creation.  It is astounding!

I was watching the show ‘Africa’ on the Discovery channel when I saw a picture of love.  It was a story about the love that a mother Python had for her eggs.  She needed to keep her eggs at 80 degrees.  In order to do that, she needed to go and bake in the sun until she just about couldn’t live any longer.  She would then go back to her eggs and wrap herself around them.  After some time her body temperature would drop and she would go back out into the sun again.  For three months she did this in order to keep her eggs from dying.

What amazes me is the amount of energy she puts out in order to ensure that her babies are born.  Even more amazing is the toll this takes on her body.  They said that she could die doing this, but even if she didn’t it would take her 3 years to recover.  That is an insane amount of care given to a bunch of snakes that will likely all die.  They said that most of the snakes die, leaving maybe one of them to survive.

What a powerful picture of God’s love for us and how we are to care for each other.  It is said that love isn’t love until you give it away.  That means that there is motion, or movement to love.  If I say that I love you then my actions ought to back that up.

This is how we know what love is: Jesus Christ laid down his life for us. And we ought to lay down our lives for our brothers and sisters. – 1 John 3:16

We live in a culture where life is not always valued.  So many people have a hard time spending a lot of time or energy to save one life.   Except love is on the side of life.  Love lays down its life so that another person would live.  In that regard, I believe we have a lot to learn from the Python.

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