This past Saturday we had a visitor. A garter snake(?) decided to come and visit and try to climb in between the boards in our garage.
Nathan quickly grabbed onto the snake by the tail to prevent him from getting all the way in there.
It took A LOT of coaxing and gentle pulling to get him out.
Once he was all the way out, we realized he was a lot bigger than we had anticipated.
I don't like snakes and neither does Nathan. However, I didn't want Nathan to kill the snake, so I asked him to let it go in our garden. After all, the snake hadn't hurt anyone and it was just trying to hide from us in the garage. Snakes are also good at getting rid of rodents, and we have had our fair share of those in year's past. So I convinced Nathan to put it in our garden where it could kill mice and live a happy life.
After a few minutes, I went out to check on the snake. He had slithered over to our grapevine and was hiding in the partial shade.
Then I started to worry. I know little birdies like to hang out in our grapevine.
My mind went back to a talk from last General Conference called These Things I Know by Boyd K. Packer. I was remembering this story...
I started to worry that the snake that we had carefully pulled out of the boards in the garage, would end up killing some of the birds that snack on the grapes in our vine. Should we have just killed it when we had the chance?
I couldn't help but liken this experience to my role as a mother. I am in charge of protecting my home so that my children can grow and flourish there. It is my job to make sure that they are fed, feel safe and loved while they are within the walls of my home. I also need to try and provide an atmosphere where they can feel the spirit. But, like Elder Packer said, this is a battle.
Do I let "snakes" into my home because I want to be nice and not hurt anyone's feelings? Do I allow snakes into my home because they are good at killing other problems (ie: boredom, nagging, etc...)?
I really need to go out to my garden and trim my grapevine; it's been on my "to do" list for a while now. I'm just a little nervous to do it now. I'm not looking forward to another run-in with the snake.