Photo by Mike Rochford of University of Florida
Pythons are taking over our Everglades. Please watch the video below.
Wildlife officials say people who've owned these pythons as an exotic pet let them go in the wild when they get too big. Now they are eating the little creatures. Rabbits, foxes, bobcats, raccoons and other mammals are hard to find there. Pythons are eating the wading birds and even alligators! Officials know, because they find them in their stomachs!
They don't know how many pythons are out there, but experts estimate that thousands to hundreds of thousands could be slithering about. Eewuuuuu!
What started out as a "pet" now is a threat.
"Whoever wants to embrace life and see the day fill up with good, here's what you do; say nothing evil or hurtful; run after peace for all you're worth. God looks on all this with approval, listening and responding well to what he's asked; but he turns his back on those who do evil things." 1 Peter 3:10-12 (MS)
What "pythons" do I let go when I'm tired of holding them in? Gripes, sarcasm, self-pity, self-entitlements, criticism...? When those pythons are small, they're easy to keep caged, but let them out they will eat all the little furry, fluffy, flying fragile things around and grow large and ugly.
Lord, help me to keep control of those things that would hurt others, me or You.