I had a dream a couple of weeks back about a snake. This man, though unknown, seemed familiar to me in my dream. He, standing just a few steps away from me, picked up a long black snake that had yellowish markings. Needless to say, I was extremely uncomfortable. I am not a fan of snakes at all! Yet, he made comments about the fact that it was just a corn snake and that it desires rats, not me. I insisted that if it had gotten closer to me it would’ve sensed my fear and would have possibly harmed me after all.
Now, note the fact that I have had dreams about snakes at various times in my life, but never in any of my dreams was the type of snake specified. Furthermore, I have no knowledge of snakes, how to identify different species of snakes, nor am I familiar with their dietary habits.
However, As I reflected on this dream that morning, I was led to look up some information on corn snakes and discovered the following:
- Corn snakes typically eat mice and other small rodents.
- They are non-venomous.
- They are resistant to biting and prefer capturing and killing their prey by constriction, then swallowing their prey whole.
So here I was in this dream, fearful of an animal that is typically harmless to humans. But because of my own preconceived notions, associations, and past experiences, I held this fear of this snake, no matter what type of species it was. In my mind, a snake is a snake, regardless of the species, and I didn’t want to be anywhere near it.
But recall how I had a strong sensation in the dream that even though the snake would normally be harmless to me, if it had gotten closer, it would have attacked me because it sensed my fear.
I reflected some more on this dream and the information I found until I heard, “Stop being afraid of snakes with no bite.” Wow moment…!
So I immediately applied this to my personal life.
What illegitimate fears are you holding on to? Who and/or what are you afraid of? What fears are constricting the life out of you by causing anxiety and unrest? Sometimes we fear things and/or people that appear harmful, or appear to have some type of control over our lives, or situations, but in actuality they don’t! When we hold on to these illegitimate fears of the unknown, we bring more harm to ourselves by becoming allies with the fear–thereby becoming our own worst enemy.
Fear can cause the very harm that we feared and wanted to avoid. But we have no need to fear if we remain faithful and honorable in our walk before and with Jesus. If He is for us, who and what can be against us? NOTHING and NO ONE! Praise God!
Philippians 4:6-7 Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer ans supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.
Psalm 118:6 The Lord is on my side; I will not fear. What can man do to me?
Romans 8:31 What then shall we say to theses things? If God is for us, who can be against us?
2 Timothy 1:7 For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.