Okay, I’m taking a moment to catch my breath and I’m finally able to write something. Yesterday I had so many errands to run that I couldn’t even do a post. It has been a weird week and today has been a really weird day. Let me explain.
I mowed the lawn today for the first time this season. I also turned on our sprinkler system. Everything went great, praise God! The mower started up on the second pull and the sprinklers worked perfectly.
As I was checking the sprinkler heads in the back yard, I was startled when I stepped right next to a young bull snake. It was only about a foot and a half long. I have had much bigger and nastier bull snakes in the yard, so this one wasn’t that bad. Still a good size snake though. Bull snakes look a lot like rattle snakes and since baby rattle snakes don’t have their rattle yet, you can’t tell the difference between a young bull and a young rattle snake. Even baby rattle snakes can kill you, so I treat them all like rattle snakes and just chop their heads off.
That’s how we deal with snakes here in Colorado. We back up to open space and we have had some real big ones in our backyard and even in our garage. A real big one struck at my wife in the garage once. It missed her, but it was hissing and striking…until I chopped its head off. The bulls coil up just like a rattle snake and they strike. Sometimes they even shake their tail to mimic a rattler.
So, even though it is pretty common to see snakes in the spring, that was the first weird thing today. Then it got weirder. We actually had an altercation with our neighbor across the street. This is not a normal thing for us and it was pretty shocking. We get along with all of our neighbors and we live in a real nice neighborhood. In almost 13 years of living here we have never had something like this happen.
I was inside the house cooking dinner (like I do every night) waiting for my wife and kids to come home. When my wife and kids got home, they were upset when they came inside. We have had trouble for a long time with our neighbor’s cat pooping in our yard. Well, that same cat was in our front yard as my wife and kids pulled up in our driveway. My son got out of the car first and he scared the cat out of our yard by clapping and telling it to leave. The owner of the cat across the street was sitting on her front porch and she started yelling at my son. Screaming actually. My wife said it was pretty shocking because she was standing right there and this lady is yelling at the top of her lungs telling my son to leave her cat alone. My wife didn’t say anything to her and they all just came inside.
My son said the lady sounded like she was shouting at a Rockies game (that’s our baseball team here in Colorado) and my wife confirmed that she was screaming at our son and totally out of line. She said our neighbor had a lot of anger in her voice and my son said it startled him and scared him a bit. Just to be clear, this lady’s cat is in my yard yet again and she is yelling at my son because my son made the cat leave our yard which shouldn’t have been there in the first place. Yeah, that’s not going to fly with me. Folks, people are so sinful and crazy it’s sad.
Upon learning of the woman’s angry outburst against my son and after serving dinner, I walked outside to have a word with her. It did not go well. I was very angry. I told her to never yell or say anything to my son or my daughter ever again. I told her to keep her cat out of my yard and I wasn’t nice about it. I ended up calling the police afterwards and a cop came and talked with me and then he walked across the street and talked with her. She was crying as he talked with her and she won’t ever be messing with my kids ever again.
I had to repent for some of the words I said and I was honest with the cop about what I said. He told me I shouldn’t have said some of those words, but he understood because he would have been angry too if someone had yelled at his kids. He was a nice guy and he did a good job bringing finality to the situation by letting my neighbor know that she was wrong on all counts, especially yelling at our son, and she needs to stop letting her cat poop in my yard too.
After that, I let my kids ride their bikes out front to show our neighbors that we won’t be bullied or intimidated and to let them know that this is our neighborhood. I grew up near Denver in-between Littleton Blvd. and Federal and I learned at a young age to stand up for myself and my family. I prayed forgiveness and blessing over our neighbors and I pray they find peace in Jesus.
My daughter said it was like the snake was a symbol of the coming trouble with our neighbor. I told my daughter what happened with our neighbor was definitely a spiritual attack. I probably won’t ever get the chance to share Christ with them, especially now, but all we can do is pray for some people. I prayed that the Lord would bring peace and healing to the situation and I know He can do all things.
I could have acted more righteously (please Lord help me not sin in my anger) and I’m really not sure why I’m writing this. I definitely want to ask for prayer for our family. Nobody is going to scare or intimidate my kids and I let that lady know that real loud and clear. She knows I’m not messing around now that she has had a visit from the police. Just pray for her and her husband and their two kids. Just a real weird day.
Ever since I started blogging I have had some weird spiritual attacks thrown at me. I had the guy at the gas station threatening me (while my kids were in the truck), I had somebody drive by our house cussing at me twice, and now this neighbor yelling at my son. Please pray protection over our family. I am out here sharing the Gospel every day and it makes the evil one real mad, but that’s just too bad. Jesus said “Go” so I’m going hard for Jesus! Matthew 28:18-20 and Acts 1:8 are no joke! I’m going to keep on going in the power, grace, and strength of Jesus inside of me! We are in a spiritual war and I am one of God’s warriors. May His will be done!
“The God of peace will soon crush Satan under your feet.
The grace of our Lord Jesus be with you.”
Grace and peace to you all…even to our angry neighbors who yell at our son and let their cat poop all over our yard. I forgive them as Christ has forgiven me. And that’s all I have to say about that.