Of Shoelaces and Things

by | May 18, 2010 | Blessing, Fear, Trials, Worry

Shoelaces aren’t quite as common now days with the advent of Velcro and other types of shoe fasteners but once upon a time most shoes had laces. There were the long raw-hide type for boots, long cotton ones for sneakers, nice round black ones for dress shoes, etc. I am going to tell you about a self-propelled shoelace.

When my children were quite young we observed the ritual of afternoon naps and if Daddy was at home he joined in the observance. I, on the other hand, did not want to waste time taking a nap. This particular afternoon, everyone was sleeping while I sat quietly in the living room reading. Finally, I got bored with all the quiet and decided to see if I could stir up some interest in a family activity.

Our house had a long hall with 3 bedrooms on one side and another at the end so when all the doors were closed, the hall was pretty dark; as I walked, I was watching where I put my feet. That is when I noticed the black shoelace on the carpet. “Hum,” I wondered. “Why is there a shoelace out here in the hall?” I figured one of the children had left it there and so I reached down to pick it up. As soon as my fingers touched that shoelace —- IT MOVED!!! Shoelaces aren’t supposed to move, and come to think of it, this particular lace was a bit bigger in diameter than usual and besides my children’s shoes didn’t HAVE laces. Then my brain kicked in and I started to scream – LOUDLY. 4 bedroom doors opened, and four pairs of eyes peered out to see why Mom was making such a fuss. It was soon apparent that the shoelace was my oldest son’s newest garter snake. HORRORS! Shudder, shudder!

My son had a good terrarium for his reptiles but this one was much smaller than the previous ones and it politely (or impolitely?) slithered out through the wire top of the terrarium, down the side of the desk, onto the carpet and under the door out into the hall. Well, I WAS looking for some excitement! My children and my husband enjoyed my ‘adventure’ and looking back, it was rather funny. What with me screaming and everyone else looking on in amazement.

You’ve heard the expression “snake in the grass” which means something bad among the good things. In my opinion that little snake was a very bad thing.

The Bible talks about snakes. There was the snake (serpent) in the Garden of Eden. The serpent deceived Eve in the Garden when she disobeyed God and wandered away from Adam’s side. Genesis 3 1-6 KJIIV. God cursed the serpent that was host to Lucifer aka Satan. Genesis 3:14 KJIIV “And the Lord God said to the serpent, Because you have done this you are cursed more than all cattle, and more than every animal in the field. You shall go upon your belly, and you shall eat dust all the days of your life”.

In Exodus 7:10, God instructed Aaron to throw his shepherd’s crook (rod) onto the ground during the time when Pharaoh didn’t want to let the Children of Israel leave Egypt and that dead rod became a living snake.

The Children of Israel murmured and complained in the wilderness until God sent a plague of snakes and many of the people were bitten and even died. God told Moses to put up a statue of a snake and if the people would look at that statue they would be healed. The statue was a symbol of God and his healing power. You can read this story in (Numbers 21:5-9)

Jesus also asks, “…Or if he (his son) ask for a fish, will he give him a snake? (Matthew 7:10)

All through God’s Word there are references to snakes and most of them are pretty negative. Snakes once were beautiful creatures and some of them are still quite striking. My son’s little garter snake was totally harmless; but for generations people, myself included, have feared snakes and don’t want to be near them. As you read this story today, I hope you will let it remind you of how Jesus can turn things as scary as snakes into something good. He can do the same thing with the problems in your life as well!

Wynona Gordon


Of Shoelaces and Things