T: Turner Falls, Spiders, and Snakes!

One weekend my wife and I drove to Davis, Oklahoma to camp out by Turner Falls, which happens to be the largest waterfall in Oklahoma. The falls were beautiful and we had a lot of fun hiking over the hills and crawling through the dark caves which surround the campgrounds.

I was a little fearful of the caves, of course, because my brother had been bitten by a brown recluse spider while visiting that exact same location. I could imagine each cave crawling with the poisonous little beasts, but took a deep breath and crawled into the dark spaces anyway.

The most terrifying part of the trip took place as we crossed a river. Janelle screamed as we heard a deadly rattling sound, and we spotted a rattlesnake coiled and ready to strike by the riverside. It seemed like a good time to wade across the river and get to the other side, and we were able to warn a father and his young toddler before they stepped on the snake themselves!

We really are surrounded by great danger, aren’t we? We tend to feel comfortable and safe, but the truth is that none of us are promised tomorrow, and we don’t know what tomorrow may bring. Perhaps it’s time to live with a greater sense of urgency…

Or we could just travel blindly and step on those rattlesnakes….

“Do not boast about tomorrow, for you do not know what it brings forth.”

Proverbs 27:1

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Photo Credit:  Turner FallsUnited States Geological Survey – Public Domain

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This post was submitted as part of the A to Z Challenge, where participants agree to post an article that corresponds to each letter of the alphabet and publish an article every day during the month of April (except Sundays).

Here at Everyday Musings, my theme for the month is Reflections from Around the World, where I’ll take a page from my personal travel journal each day and share a spiritual meditation or powerful thought that has been inspired by my travels.

For a discussion of great works of art that have gained such fame they have become The Classics, and what modern artists can learn from these works, be sure to visit my companion blog, The Artistic Christian.

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2 comments on “T: Turner Falls, Spiders, and Snakes!

  1. I love waterfalls and visiting parks, but it does certainly pay to be alert and vigilant – physically as well as spiritually.

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