Shedding Our Skin

We heat our house with wood, so each summer a friend delivers a stack of tree-length logs at the end of our driveway. They are cut into 18 inch lengths and then split. Occasionally we will find mice or snakes hiding between the logs.

My husband found a papery snakeskin. You could still see the holes for its eyes and the design on the back. It was rather facinating.

Snakes like to rub off their old skins on the rough wood. They leave the shed off the old and slither away with a bright new skin. I got thinking about the word "shedding." It made me think of this verse:

Colossions 3:8-10
"But now ye also put off all these; anger, wrath, malice, blasphemy, filthy communication out of your mouth.

Lie not one to another, seeing that ye have put off the old man with his deeds;

And have put on the new man, which is renewed in knowledge after the image of him that created him"

All my grumbling, impatience, jealousy, self-pity, and laziness are part of my old flesh--SIN. I need to shed them like that old snakeskin. I am a new creature. I have God's Spirit living in me.

Col. 3:12-14
"Put on therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, bowels of mercies, kindness, humbleness of mind, meekness, longsuffering; forbearing one another and forgiving one another... above all these things, put on charity, which is the bond of perfectness."

My life should show Him.


Andrea said...

Great post. I found your blog from Mid's. I hope to get to know you better. Blessings and prayers, andrea

T. Anne said...

There is so much I need to shed. I really need the HS to fill the void.

pixzlee said...

Thanks for sharing such a refreshing reflection.

Dee Yoder said...

Wow, Vonnie. Awesome analogy. The snake skin in the wood pile, though...oh no! I'd much rather not see that part of nature. *shudder*

Sherri Ward said...

Love this one, Vonnie! Put off the old, put on the new...
My hubby used to hang in the garage the 5 foot snake skins he would find in our yard... just found them too facinating to toss, I guess. (May we NOT find our old natures too facinating to toss!!!)


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