Snake bite & a story

Poisonous snake from Costa Rica taken by Christian Haugen on 21st May 2009 in CR. His page is here: https://www.flickr.com/photos/christianhaugen/ and the creative commons license is here: https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/
Poisonous snake from Costa Rica taken by Christian Haugen on 21st May 2009 in CR. His page is here: https://www.flickr.com/photos/christianhaugen/ and the creative commons license is here: https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/

It strikes me as almost comical sometimes the way the Lord seems to bring a story (His Word) into play when a miracle is needed!

We had an instance of this last week in Costa. There we were, minding our own business as a group preparing the story of the fiery snakes in Numbers 21 (4-9).

One of the tribal guys in our gathering got a phone call. His dad had been bitten by a poisonous snake and the guy was immediately and understandably distressed, fearing for his dad’s life.

The moment he told me what had happened, in tears, it dawned on me what story we were looking at … how God brought life and health to those bitten by snakes!

I called the whole group to pray for our tribal brother and buddy, and for his father. His dad was in a remote part of the country and getting him to the hospital looked out of the question. Meanwhile, he had the presence of mind to tightly bind his arm with some cloth, but his arm was now badly swollen with the poison.

We monitored our brother and his phone over the next 24 hours and, in answer to our prayers, we began to see the wonderful hand and grace of our Lord in action:

  1. He made it alive to a hospital
  2. He was safely transferred and made it alive to another specialised hospital in another city
  3. He was discharged from the hospital
  4. He made it home and is completely healed from the snake bite!

The Living God who answers prayer.

[Photo by Christian Haugen and used with permission. See more of his art here].

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