What Are We Gonna Do with That Snake?  

What Are We Gonna Do with That Snake?

by Donna Mumma


“Strengthen the weak hands and make firm the feeble knees”

(Isaiah 35:3, ESV).


Although many people believe they serve an important role in nature, I fear snakes. I agree they have their place. Just not in my house.


As a native Floridian, I knew the high likelihood a snake would find its way into our house. My time came when our boys were young. We had just returned inside from playing in the backyard’s fresh air and sunshine. My toddler began to dance around, saying something was tickling his feet. I looked down at a small black snake wiggling across his toes and into my hallway. The snake slithered into a corner a few feet from us. I stood frozen with wobbly knees, clutching the baby while grabbing my toddler’s hand.


“Mommy, what are we gonna do about that snake?” My older son’s worry pushed away my fears and spurred me into action. I took the boys to the other end of the house and gave my busy toddler strict instructions to stay put. Then I used one of my husband’s golf clubs to deal with the snake. Like a mama bear, I protected my cubs.


Child-rearing years have passed and now I’m a writer. I’m expected to submit to critiques, pitch my work to agents and editors at conferences, and build a social media platform. I must then speak to large groups and release my book into the world, waiting for reviews. These tasks make my hands and knees tremble as much as encountering a snake. God calls me daily to do new things that push me out of my beloved comfort zone; I must still my shaky hands and knees if I want to accomplish his work.

Just as I wouldn’t let fear keep me from dealing with that snake, I can’t allow it to keep me from dealing with my writing responsibilities.

Today’s world is a scary place. But we’ve been entrusted with a marvelous message of hope. So, let’s strengthen our weak hands, make firm our feeble knees, stop being afraid of snakes in the corner, and get to work spreading the good news.


Lord, help us not to fear, but to embrace all that we are called to do as writers. Amen.




Donna Mumma writes award-winning fiction and non-fiction seasoned with a sense of adventure and suspense. An avid believer in education, she holds a M.Ed. in Elementary Education. She serves as a chapter mentor for Word Weavers International. A native Floridian, Donna lives in St. Petersburg, Florida with her husband. She is the mom of two college boys and an energetic collie named Duke. Connect with her at www.donnamumma.me, Instagram @mumma704, Twitter@DonnaMumma1 and Facebook.

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  1. We find lessons everywhere, don’t we, Donna? Love this.

    1. Donna Mumma says:

      Diana, that is so true. God teaches us in unexpected ways. Thanks for reading!

  2. I hate snakes too. Great analogy.

    1. Donna Mumma says:

      Thank you!

  3. I’d rather face a snake than an audience. My hands are sweating right now!

    1. Donna Mumma says:

      I’ve done both, and must say audiences don’t bring me the same measure of fear. But, force me to make a phone call to someone I don’t know and I go weak in the knees!

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