An Eel About Your Feet

by Joanna Pierce on August 28, 2019

Earlier this year, I took a trip down to the Caribbean. Each morning—English muffin in hand—I’d stroll down the beach, wade thigh-deep into the clear waters, and feed the reef fish. It was wonderful to see aquatic life of all shapes, sizes, and colors. Fish would scatter around my body, flitting to the surface to grab a quick bite of muffin.

It wasn’t uncommon for these fish to leap toward my fingers or brush up against me. Therefore, I wasn’t alarmed or agitated by the movement or constant physical contact I experienced whilst in the water. It’s difficult to be troubled when you can see straight through the crystal turquoise waters in a tropical paradise!

The day I felt a rather large and lengthier contact on my ankle, I wasn’t jolted. I was gazing off, watching the fish dart around in the water. I found it strangely therapeutic. But, after a while, I was driven to glimpse into the water toward my feet because something (what I had assumed was a piece of seaweed) hadn’t moved from my lower appendages. That’s when I saw a ringed snake eel woven about my feet.

I hadn’t really been moving my legs at that point, but my entire body went rigid. I rapidly sucked in the last breath I’d have for minutes and thought, “What do I do? What is that thing? Is it dangerous?” I was then fully aware that I was alone in the water; no one was around at that time in the morning.

Panic, fear, hysteria, and feelings of helplessness started to creep into my spirit in a matter of seconds. I cannot describe the wave of mental, spiritual, and emotional attacks that manifested at an incredible pace. But, as swiftly as they came, something else quickened in me—the Spirit of God.

I’d been in God’s presence early that morning and His presence was still with me. The Holy Ghost had already made intercession in prayer for the needs I would have that day (Romans 8:26). Immediately, an incredible peace washed over me, relaxing my mind and body. I slowly exhaled the air I held in my lungs and began to breathe naturally. Strength came, and the Word of God rose in my heart (Psalm 119:11) giving me the ability to combat the fiery darts of the enemy. A smile crested to my face as I ironically thought, how often do we get an opportunity to literally put Luke 10:19 into practice?

In our life, it’s easy to fall off the mountain top into the gorging valley in a matter of moments. That’s just life; it’s full of ups and downs. However, with the first sign of trouble, we allow our minds to jump to the worst-case scenario. But, why? We forget that we have God on our side!

And I will make all My mountains a roadway, And My highways will be raised…Shout for joy, O heavens, and rejoice, O earth, And break forth into singing, O mountains! For the LORD has comforted His people And will have compassion on His afflicted (Isaiah 49:11, 13, AMP).

God can immediately move a potential bad situation into a good one, if we acknowledge Him and give Him room to work. But, we can’t do this unless His Spirit aids us, and we choose to command every thought to obey Him and His Word (II Corinthians 10:4–5).

After my thoughts were redirected and the Holy Spirit began to work in me, I watched as God intervened. The eel slowly unwound itself from my feet and slithered away into deeper waters. Praising the Lord, I slowly edged my way back to land. I was done feeding the fish for the day…

God will make a way where there doesn’t seem to be a way and He’ll never leave or forsake us. He will perform a miracle and have compassion on us. The next time you have an “eel” about your feet, or are stuck momentarily in a valley, remember God will elevate you and cast that serpent off so you can live.