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  • Writer's pictureGayle


In September of 1967 Hurricane Beulah hit the South Texas coast and devastated the Rio Grande Valley. The tidal surge swept across the coastal brush country bringing trees, brush and debris on to our coastal farm. As the water began to dissipate, we realized we had another problem. Rattlesnakes! By the hundreds now lived on our farm. Constant caution and enormous respect for them became the norm. I actually jumped off a tractor and stepped on top of a big one as a boy.

I now work part time as a hunting guide in South Texas on a ranch with plenty of snakes. When an animal is shot close to dark, I follow it with a large spotlight along game trails. Rattlesnakes stay along these trails hunting rats and small rabbits. My light and snake boots are my protection.

The devil, our adversary is a snake that lies in wait to strike us physically, emotionally, and spiritually. Psalms 119:105 says "Thy word is a lamp unto my feet and a light unto my path." God's word must be learned, studied and memorized so that our Lord can thwart the harmful advances of the enemy as he waits for opportunities along our pathways of life.

Lynn Johnson

Harlingen, Texas

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