A Burning Sensation

Behold, I have given you authority to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy, and nothing will injure you. (Luke 10:19 NASB)

Yesterday morning I found my faith/authority level wasn’t in the place that it should be. I had just gotten ready for work, and I still had a few minutes before I had to leave; so I decided to have a seat and relax for a few minutes before heading out the door to begin my day. What promptly followed involved very little relaxing and a good deal of dancing around and trying not to use language unbecoming of anyone.

As I was waiting to see how different the weather forecast was from the previous report five minutes earlier, I felt something attached to my left leg. I then began to notice that not only was it attached it was scurrying up the inside of my pant leg. With little thought given, I reached down to shoo whatever it was away; as soon as I began movement, my knee came under attack from enemy fire. Before I knew what was happening, I had been hit 4 times; each strike felt deeper and more damaging than the one before. Instinctively I reached down with my left hand to grab hold of my invisible enemy. With my bare hand I crushed the life right out of it; but in his defiance to go down without a fight, he got in one final blow by attacking my hand through my pant leg. The final sting was not as painful as the previous four; but in the end even though I could claim victory in the battle, I sustained plenty of damage.

As I shook my pant leg to identify my hidden attacker, a scorpion about 1 1/2 inches in length fell to the ground. I don’t know why he decided to begin his journey up my leg or how he even got there, but when I first reached down to brush him away it was not my intention to crush him dead. After his first attack, however; all bets were off and all rules were thrown out the window. I was out for blood and revenge. I had no thought about his possible scorpion family; I had to take him out before he continued his journey north. I can’t say that I’m proud of myself; I’m definitely not proud of the choice thoughts that almost turned into words, and I’m certainly glad that no one was there to witness my leg is on fire dance.

After everything was said and done, the attack left me with some excruciating pain in my knee off and on throughout the day. I also experienced some numbness in my throat and face apparently from the poison getting into my blood stream. The final blow came at night when I laid wide awake in paranoia of creepy crawly things coming for me in the middle of the night. But even with all that, I am happy to report that no amputation was needed, and that I still have use of all of my limbs.

So to bring this post full circle I go back to the authority that Jesus has given to us. He told us to walk on the scorpions; my mistake was allowing this one to walk on me. So there you have it, a funny little illustration to show that I realized once again yesterday that I am not totally there yet; but I want to make sure that I’m headed toward everything that He has promised.

So how about you, have you ever been stung by a scorpion? What funny thing has caused you to realize there’s more to obtain?

8 Responses to “A Burning Sensation”

  1. Angi says:

    I am SO GLAD we don’t have scorpions here…just bears…and they don’t tend to scurry up pants legs.

    I’m glad you’re okay!

  2. I have thankfully never been stung by a scorpion and I’ve seen plenty. Glad there was no need for amputation, especially for your face. Those face amputations usually leave people looking drastically different… usually. 🙂
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    • philip says:

      Face amputations are expensive too….. Yeh it was a very traumatic experience indeed and not one that I wish for anyone else. Thanks 🙂

  3. Ho-ly cow, Phil! There is no way I’d ever be able sleep again after an incident like this. Thanks for giving me a new phobia. :p
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    • philip says:

      Stephen, you just let me know when you’re gettin too comfortable with things and I’ll come up with a story to give you something new to think about lurking in the dark.

  4. We had scorpions around our house, occasionally in our house, but never in my pants with me. I have a friend whose infestation included them falling from the overhead AC vents at night. Since we moved Tarantulas have been our most frequent “not wanted.”

    My humbling at the hands of the preschoolers lets me know there’s more to obtain. My Spanish was/is not so good and the small children correcting me just bugged me.
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    • philip says:

      Yeh, we have them all over here. I’ve experienced the falling kind as well. Been stung for times now, and it’s never any less painful. Not a huge fan of Tarantulas either. The good news is, we all have something more to obtain and that as long as we’re walking out He’ll get us there. Thanks Ken!