Snake Skin

Have you ever taken a walk in the woods and just been watching were your feet are taking you? I have done this many a time while hunting. Have you ever run across one of these while walking?

Snake Skin

These things are really cool if you actually take the time to truly look at them and not freak out just because of what it is. They are a true work of art. Considering the fact that if it is completely intact it shows every scale after being shed, which results in the shed snake-skin actually being twice as long in length as the snake that shed it. They do this about once a month just like other reptiles and they have to rub against a rough surface to assist in removing (shedding,moulting) the old skin.

We shed our skin as well. Not like in Sci-fi movies where you see an exoskeleton lying around and the person goes on walking away but a little over time. Actually, by time we die, we shed about 200 pounds of skin. We shed it while we sleep, when we bath ourselves, while our clothes are rubbing against us and when we itch ourselves.

Now that is the physical aspect of things!

What about the spiritual side?

I know weird thought, but it was something God brought to my heart while He and I were chatting last week. I was actually arguing with Him over freedom and why I don’t have it in certain areas of my life yet. I was just sitting there crying because I know that those who Christ sets free are free indeed. I’m like I have the freedom! It was paid for on the cross! Why the heck, has this desire not gone away. Then very loudly and promptly He said snake-skin and a picture of a snake trying to shed his skin (his old self) popped into my mind. Then I remembered something I had learned decades ago about snakes. They have to rub against rough objects in order for the old skin to be shed.

Coming Out

God was basically telling me that I have to kind of be drug over some rough material in order for the new me to separate from the old me. It is NOT one of those “Awww, that feels good!” moments either. It is very painful, angering and depressing as I go through this. And it is one that I, personally, can not speed up. It must take it’s course. I do not want one flake of that old self attached to me at all!

Once this is done, the new Stuart will shine through and truly be walking in freedom from a problem that has been attached for decades. One that I refuse to take into another relationship…period!

Are there any issues you are struggling with? Are any of you feeling depressed, angry and isolated? If so take a look at a snake-skin and remember this: Storms are stones in the removing of the old self from the new creation God intends you to be.

God Bless,


Originally posted April 29th, 2014

22 thoughts on “Snake Skin”

  1. I am absolutely not religious in any way shape or form, nor do I want to be, but this was a great analogy. I grew up around rattlesnakes, (catching, skinning, drying) and watching them shed their skin was never-endingly fascinating to me.

    Oddly enough, I never applied that to my own life…even as an adult. Lately I’ve discovered that my psychosis really has a name……And that working on me every day is like shedding that old skin. Somedays I want to RIP it off me and get it over with, but I know I cannot. Patience has never been a strong suit with me……but I realize now that the biggest skill I lack is the one skill that will lead me through this journey of self-discovery and healing.

    Thank you for reminding me that I need to pay better attention to life around me sometimes. This was a great post to come across right now.

    Your God works in mysterious ways….I’ll give you that!!! 🙂

    Keep shedding!!!!!!

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    1. Thanks for sharing that. I am humbled by your words and honored that you liked my post.

      There have been many times I wish I could just RIP mine off too.. to get past just move on.

      You keep shedding too!!!

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    2. Isn’t that funny…that’s exactly what I used to say too. I walked away from God many, many years ago. I had no intentions of ever going back. (I did believe He existed but I had no use for religion and figured He was finished with me anyway). One day, at the end of my rope, I cried out to Him, “HELP! If You’re real…DO something!” And I am now humbled by the fact that He is and He did. I don’t EVER want to go back to religion…but I have found such amazing love, peace, forgiveness, and JOY in knowing Him! I pray you find that as well. He’s only waiting for you to invite Him…even if you do it because you’re mad like I was…He’ll give you exactly what you need.

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  2. You always give us something new to ponder. I love it! I’m slowly shedding my skin as well especially in my thought life. Its comforting to know I am not alone!

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  3. Amazing! I think you’ve realized something so incredibly special, the fact that it isn’t going to be easy, it’s already known. But you also know that, He’s died on the cross for us, so we don’t have to suffer. It’s a slow of a process as we make it to be. I find myself to be very stubborn and set in my ways, so when the Lord asks for a change, I don’t accept it – knowing that it’s the best for me. I ask Him for patience and mercy as I try to change my ways. 😊🙏🏽

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      1. Yes! I’m there with you – same! 🙋🏽‍♀️ It’s a slow process only because I’m too stubborn to change, even when I know I should. The good thing, is that we realize the change should happen. 😊🙏🏽

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  4. Thanks for this encouragement Stu! I tend to struggle with difficult people, you know those ones who can so get under your skin. Then the anger and judgement comes and the Spirit immediately points out my sin. It might not seem like a big deal, but in my heart I know that love is the only answer and response. Yes, our journeys are a process and I know that GOD is working on all of us, as HIS children, until HE calls us home. Persevere friend!

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