No that is not a snake, but it took both me and my son a second look, after jumping out of its path, to notice that it was only a hair braid. This reminded me about one morning while I was running, I saw a man killing snake on my street. What causes a grown man to whack at a baby snake with a bulb planter?
I believe it is our fear and misunderstanding of the creature that causes us to not like certain animals, insects, reptiles etc. Our hatred stems from misconceptions which leads to fear.
We certainly had way too many snake stories in my childhood. As I reflect on that now I believe we must have had a lot of missed messages and un-addressed misconceptions in our family.
I certainly did not expect to see a snake cross my path while running in my suburban neighborhood and I can understand avoiding it on some levels- but I believe God sent me a message through this one.
All creatures were created with a purpose, even if it’s just because it pleased God, that would be enough. But I feel it is more than that.
In Revelation 4:6-8 we are given a description of four beasts in the center and around the throne. Each covered with eyes, front and back. The first was like a lion; the second was like an ox, the third had a human face and the fourth was like an eagle in flight. Each of them had six wings, and their wings were covered all over with eyes, inside and out.
Now, if you encountered such a sight or didn’t put this into context, I can see where we might be frightened of such creatures. But just because we do not understand doesn’t mean we have to fear it. God created them and I believe He gave me the meaning of them as follows: They are a complete representation of God’s creation and that He can use them as a channel to bring messages directly from the throne to His little children everywhere. The eyes represent His all-seeing eye, searching the world for anyone willing to listen and pay attention and be open to receive the message.
There may be circumstances where we must take a drastic action against any creature who is causing a threat, but not all are causing anything but misguided fear and panic.
Snake: my interpretation is that they are a symbol of shedding our old life and transforming into a new one. That is certainly not a bad thing in my book.