The stream runs high. The trees are green, the grass lush, and the birds sing their songs. Along the bank a snake lies beneath a rock waiting for the nearest prey to come near.
A shadow falls across the rock and the snake coils. A foot lands close by. Without knowing the danger that is coiled and ready to strike the Man turns. He senses something but hasn’t put His finger on quite what it is. He takes a step and hears the hiss.
Looking down He sees what made the noise and begins to laugh. The snake uncoils and looks at the Man. “Why do you laugh?” the snake asks perturbed.
“Because you have no power where power is not given,” the Man states. He chuckles and takes a step.
“Wait!” The snake yells.
The Man stops and turns to look down at the snake.
“There are those who do not believe and those who are weak. Leave me to my tasks so I may inject my venom.” The snake states.
“It is written that man may choose whom he will serve. Go.”
The snake smiles happily and slithers off through the grass to a group camping nearby.
(Sue’s version) Joshua 24:15