Last year when we put up our bluebird houses, we thought it would be a great idea to mount them on fence posts. Seemed perfect because the houses would be facing the right direction, we could evenly space out the houses and it would be easy to monitor them. One thing we didn’t think of was the danger of snakes. Snakes love bird eggs and are very crafty to get what they want. (Sounds like the Enemy, doesn’t it?!?). Well, after losing our first nest of eggs to a snake, my good man devised a trap for each of our bird houses. Using some plastic netting and some wire, he wrapped it all around the pole making it so that if/when a snake would begin to climb up the pole it would become entrapped in the netting because it couldn’t back out. We ended up catching two snakes in the netting, and saved ten baby birds!
Earlier this year we moved the bird houses out away from the fence line and put a shield type protector around the pole so that snakes couldn’t climb the pole. Didn’t lose any eggs or baby birds this year! But I did notice the other day as we were taking a walk along the fence line last year’s defense was still at work – a snake skeleton was trapped in the netting on one of the posts. Another lesson from nature, another reminder to count as a joy. Now you might think counting a snake skeleton as a thing of joy kind of strange, but I was reminded of God’s grace and how He has brought me out of the pit ~ “But by the grace of God I am what I am, and His grace toward me was not in vain.” 1 Cor. 15:10
Like I said earlier, the Enemy is very crafty. He schemes to trap us in his “pit of all entanglement.” In Beth Moore’s book When Godly People Do Ungodly Things she says this of Satan ~
“Satan is out to destroy the testimony of the believer in Christ. The more influential the testimony, the better. His murderous eye is on the sparrow, and he doesn’t have much time. His strategy is to kill as many birds as possible with one stone.”
When you know God is the well of all enjoyment and sin the pit of all entanglement — then isn’t it clear what to run from and Who to run to?