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Baboons and Snakes

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It is not often I remember my dreams but recently I had a very short and strange one that I found to be very serious in nature. As I contemplated the dream some thoughts came to mind. First let me share the dream:

              

It was daylight and I was going up the steps to the front porch area of my home. There were several people with me including family and friends. As we walked toward the front door we were bombarded by snakes and baboons trying to get in our way and bite us and trip us up. We had to walk or jump over them to completely avoid them and finally make it to the door. I wasn’t afraid. I just had an extreme sense of being cautious and an awareness of where I walked. When we made it to the door, I remember being extremely careful because the baboons and snakes were trying to get between our feet and slithering along the wall to sneak their way in with us. I was the first one to make it through the door and to stop them from coming in. I kept the door slightly ajar for everyone else. I was able to pull each person individually in the house safely without letting the snakes or baboons in. After I made it in the house safely I went about my daily household duties. Soon night fell and I found myself at the sink washing dishes all the while contemplating the snakes and baboons and how they were lurking outside and waiting for opportunities to come in. Then at my back door I heard more people (I only recognized them as “church” acquaintances) asking to come in. I remember doing the same thing to help them get in the door. The difference between these people was that they were outside my home seemingly carefree, dancing and playing their boom-boxes completely oblivious to the snakes and baboons. I hurriedly opened the door, grabbed their arms and began pulling them into safety; unfortunately there were people out there that either I couldn’t help or they held back from coming in.

As I thought about this dream I thought about the fact that it was first set during the day time hours and some different scriptures popped into my mind. Romans 13:12 tells us, “The night is far spent, the day is at hand: let us therefore cast off the works of darkness, and let us put on the armour of light.” And Ephesians 5:15-16 says,See then that ye walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise, Redeeming the time, because the days are evil.”  

I contemplated the snakes and baboons and I believe they represented the enemy of our soul and how he wants to trip us, hurt us, make us falter and keep us from entering into that place of safety which is Jesus Christ. Can you just imagine life full of snakes and baboons everywhere you turn? Can you imagine the chaos, the danger, the filth? God said that the last days would be like the days of Sodom and Gomorrah, and so they are. We are in a world with an enemy that hates God and therefore hates us. Snakes represent deception and trickery. Baboons represent foolishness and acting without restraints. If we don’t walk carefully these things can have a negative effect on us. We are told in 1 Peter 5:8 toBe sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour:” We need to keep our eyes focused on God and His will, walking as He would direct us. “Work out your own salvation with fear and trembling.” Philippians 2:12b

I thought about the part of the dream where I finally made it in the door safe but I still had to be vigilant about what came in my door. I had to make sure that the snakes and baboons did not enter. We need to guard our hearts against deception and foolishness as Luke 21:8 tells us, “And he said, Take heed that ye be not deceived: for many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and the time draweth near: go ye not therefore after them.”

I believe that my home in the dream represented that place of safety in Christ. Jesus is our “Ark” of safety. Only in Christ the world cannot reach or touch you nor have an adverse affect upon you. We need to stay within His keeping power and in the shelter of His arms. We need to know the Word of God. We need to pray, praise and worship Him.

I think opening the door for those on the outside was a symbol of being a light. Allowing Jesus to work through our lives to reach out to those who need to be drawn into the safety of a relationship with him. We can do this in many different ways such as praying, giving, serving, speaking, and loving others in Christ.

When I got in the house I went about my household chores and I think this represents going about our Father’s business and doing the work God has called us to do. It represents getting our “houses,” our lives in order. Washing dishes is a sign of allowing God to clean and sanctify us. He calls us to holiness; He is coming for a church without spot or wrinkle. I thought about the dishes representing serving vessels of all kinds. The Bible tells us to depart from iniquity and to be vessels unto honor and sanctified to be used for His glory (see 2 Timothy 2:19-21).

Then I thought about the last part of the dream where night had fallen. The people walking in darkness were calling to get in the house. I thought about this in several different ways. First, we are in that “midnight” hour, we are in the last days. It is time to quit playing and time to get serious. We need to be like the five wise virgins and make sure our lamps are filled with oil. Next I thought about the night representing deception. These people that were outside my door calling out, were dancing with their boom-boxes completely oblivious to the danger they were in. They were completely unaware of the snakes and baboons lurking in the darkness. At times we are just like those people. We go about our everyday business standing outside that place of safety thinking that all is well but nothing is as it seems. Deception has a way of keeping us from the truth, blinding us and keeping us from drawing into that place of safety.   I also thought about the fact that the Bible tells us that without Christ we walk in the darkness of sin. Sin keeps us in darkness and we need the light of His life. Finally, there were those who drew back from coming into that place of safety. Some people love the darkness they live in and never quite make the choice to come in to the light!

In the dream I was the hand that God used to reach out to those walking outside in darkness and pull them into the safety of the house. All of us have a purpose and calling in this life. God wants to use us to reach out to a world that needs to be brought into the safety of a relationship with God through Jesus Christ. We are His hands, His arms, His mouth, His legs, His feet, His voice on this earth. He lives in us to flow through us and to reach out to the lost.

The dream spoke a strong message to my heart. We need to be careful how we walk. We need to be aware there are things out there that seek to keep us from God’s safety and we need to close the door on those things. The ultimate place of safety is in Him. We need to be about our Father’s business, always allowing Him to work in our lives making us more like Christ everyday. We need to be His light in this world because we may be the only Bible some people may ever be exposed to. We need to be aware of the times we live in and realize that every moment counts. Remember that God loves you and you are special to His very heart. He has a plan and purpose for your life. Stay away from and avoid the ‘baboons’ and ‘snakes’ in life by staying within the keeping power of His love and protection.

Love in Christ, Michele

Copyright November 2009 ~ Michele LeDoux Abshire

Columnist: Michele's Musings

Picture Michele Abshire is a housewife, mother, grandmother, and full time legal assistant. She has been published in Lake Charles, Louisiana publications, Christian Star Newspaper and Gumbeaux Magazine.  

Michele began writing notes of encouragement to people God put on her heart which led her in the direction of writing short encouraging stories, letters, essays and analogies.  This quickly became a ministry for her.  

Michele's vision is to reach people with encouraging messages that will lift their heart and bring joy for sorrow and hope for discouragement. Michele enjoys your feedback so leave a comment in the form at the bottom of the page or email her at  

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