God’s Protection from a Scorpion by Jan Jenkins

Jesus’ Promise

In Luke’s Gospel, Chapter 10, Jesus appoints seventy of His followers to go out in pairs before Him to every city where Jesus plans to travel. He first instructs them regarding hospitality, healing, and His message that “the kingdom of God has come near to you” (Luke 10:9). Additionally, He says that anyone who listens to His messengers will actually be listening to Him because they are sent out and will be speaking in His name.

The seventy then return “with joy,” delighting in the fact that even the demons were subject to them in the name of Jesus!

He encourages them further, stating, “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 10:17-19).  Jesus has given tremendous power to His followers so they may walk in His victory and speak in His name. No wonder they are joyful after completing their mission!

A Belizean Scorpion

We recently had been just one week in our new home in Belize when we ourselves experienced God’s supernatural protection over a scorpion. We have some jungle on both sides of our property, consisting of large bushes, coconut palms, and a maze of mangrove roots. Louie, our dog, was always attracted to this area outside our fence (grass is greener!), and he loved to go there and smell and dig in this wondrous terrain.

Generally, we made sure he didn’t stay there too long, but because initially the fence wasn’t yet completed, it was pretty easy for him to sneak over.

Our Little Hunting Dog!

One evening Charles and I were out raking up the accumulated sea grass on the beach for a little longer than usual. When we finished, we called Louie and came into the house. While I was in the kitchen, and Charles had just settled down on the sofa, I noticed that Louie was playing with something on the living room floor. I thought it was probably a stick or a dry piece of the sea grass. As I watched, though, the stick seemed to move a little, and every time it did, Louie would jump back. I came closer to see what it was, and when I did, I screamed “No!” at Louie. Then I hollered, “It’s a scorpion! It’s a scorpion!” I had never seen one before, except in movies, but I instantly knew what it was when I saw it’s tail curled up. 

Charles hurried off the sofa, fly swatter in hand, and much to Louie’s chagrin, gave the scorpion a huge whack. Evidently, his curled tail caught in the fly swatter, which was now cracked from the hard hit on the floor, and it made the scorpion fly up into the air. It landed behind Charles, and I yelled, “it’s behind you. Don’t step back! Go forward!”

My barefooted husband followed my very loud advice and stepped forward, still holding the broken swatter, ready to use it again on the scorpion. I grabbed a drinking cup from the kitchen cabinet and gave it to Charles who promptly put it over the three-inch long scorpion on the floor. Meanwhile, Louie was both startled and confounded at our reaction to his new “toy.” We had to keep telling him, “No!” because he wanted to get to the scorpion under the cup.

Now, what do we do?

Charles got a piece of cardboard and carefully slid it under the cup, trapping the scorpion. Then he cautiously put the cup, the piece of cardboard , and the scorpion outside the front door on the veranda where Louie couldn’t get it.  

Consequently, all risk of the scorpion’s getting loose in our house was eliminated! We left it out there for three days before Charles went out and took a peek at it. By then it was baked and definitely dead.

After this, we could only thank our Heavenly Father for His protection. First, we recognized how miraculously God had protected Louie, even though he had certainly carried the scorpion into the house in his mouth. How could he have held that thing in his mouth and not get stung?

Second, God had protected us from having a very dangerous insect loose in our house!  It very easily could have escaped from Louie, run under our sofa, and hidden itself from us.

Immediately, we both thought of the verse already quoted above in Luke 10. True, we hadn’t trampled on a scorpion, but more importantly, because we are trusting Him for protection and health while we are in Belize, He used this situation to show us one of the ways his protection was active in our lives. Additionally, since we pray every morning for His continued blessing and safety, we are confident that we are “covered” in every situation.

We don’t go out and deliberately watch for opportunities to prove God’s faithfulness, but by committing our lives to Him as His followers, we are protected. Interestingly, when the Israelites were wandering in the desert those 40 years, God also protected them from scorpions (see Deut. 8:15).

We were so grateful to the Lord for once again showing us His love in this way. We serve a magnificent God who is very much a part of everything in our lives. He abides in each of us to direct our path, for as the Psalmist says,

He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High
Will abide in the shadow of the Almighty.
I will say to the Lord, “My refuge and my fortress,
My God, in whom I trust!”
For it is He who delivers you from the snare of the trapper
And from the deadly pestilence. (Psalms 91:1-3).

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