As some of you know I don't have access to the Internet all the time and have to come down to my friend Andy's offices in Melkbos in order to be able to blog. Well the weekends are a bit of a problem and so on Mondays I spend a lot of time catching up on all your posts since it seems to me that is when a lot of blogging happens. Well over the past few days not only have I been trying to catch up but I've been making some desks for Andy at his home because they will be doing alterations to his office block soon and they will be working from his house for a while. Well with all that happening I've not had time to write anything but today is Wednesday and I've decided to leave off reading for a while and write a new post, so here goes.
Now here's an interesting thought, do you know anyone that has died in a car accident or someone who has committed suicide, or been shot, or fallen off a mountain and so on and so on? Now how many people can you think of have been bitten by a snake if any? Now you know at least one, Geoff Maritz was bitten by a Cape Cobra in Melkbos South Africa. Let me tell you about it:
About two years ago I was on my knees talking to the Lord. to say that I was at one of those low points of my life would be an understatement, I, as sometimes happens to us, felt that God had given up on me. At some point I said to the Lord "I know that you do not love me and that I'm not one of your children so Lord I humbly accept into my heart that you hate me." My soul was in turmoil and there were so many things going wrong in my life that I had given up on myself completely, I was unlovable and that was that.
Anyway the next day I was bumbling around the farm when one of the ladies from the restaurant next door came to call me telling me there was a snake and I must come and catch it. I grabbed a broom, my catching tool of choice and rushed next door. Under one of the log benches in the children's play area was a small (about 450mm) Cape Cobra. In the process of catching it, with all the confusion generated by a whole bunch of women screaming instructions, I didn't get a good grip on it's head and it managed to twist around and sink one tooth into my index finger. Ouch.
By now the pain in my right arm and across my chest was quite severe but not unbearable. The doctor eventually saw me 14 hours after the bite and the only thing she said was "If you are not dead by now, chances are you aren't going to die just yet." She gave me some sort of injection to ease the pain, which made me very sleepy, and assigned one of those beds on wheels to me. When I woke up in the morning the pain had gone and to my surprise I was still alive, a bit woozy but still alive.
There are a number of things I learned from this experience:
There is a scripture (Proverbs, I think) that says "If the snake bites before it is charmed, the charmer looses his fee." I had been bitten, not good.
I learned that it is stupid to give up holding the Love of God in your heart thus coming out from under his protection.
I learned that God cares for me even when I say stupid things and stop believing in him and will come to my aid even to the very doors of Sheol. He is so faithful.
It must be remembered that at this particular stage of my life I was having serious trouble with my faith but even though I was struggling He was using me anyway.
When I eventually got back to the farm I went next door to the restaurant to let them know I was back in one piece. I handed Diana, the owner, my Bible opened to Psalm 91verse13-16 which states:
"You shall step on asp and cobra,
you shall tread safely on snake and serpent.
Because his love is set on me, I will deliver
I will lift him beyond danger, for he knows
me by name.
When he calls upon me, I will answer;
I will be with him in time of trouble;
I will rescue him and bring him to honour.
I will satisfy him with long life
to enjoy the fullness of my salvation.
As you can imagine this made a huge impact on her and from then they all started viewing me a little differently.
Anyway I'm still alive and now know just how much God loves me.
Thank you Lord, my love really is set on you.