The Good Little Snake
Value: The story of the Fall
Everything was just fine for Stanley in the Garden of Eden. He was a harmless little snake and just like all
the other animal children, he just wanted to play with the mongoose and the lambs and the turtles and the
mice. See in the Garden of Eden, none of the animals were enemies so they all played together all day long.
That is how it will be in heaven too.
Stanley loved foot races with the Cheetah. Oh, I forgot to mention that snakes had legs and feet in the
Garden of Eden too. Well, everything was peaceful and fun and loving in the garden until one day, all of a
sudden, the garden became very dark. The animals scurried about to try to figure out what was going
‚ÄúWhat is it?‚Äù Stanley pleaded with his best friend Morris the Mongoose.
‚ÄúSomething is wrong with the Garden.‚Äù Morris cried out.
‚ÄúBut we should find Adam. He will know what to do.‚Äù Stanley said trying to calm his friend.
‚ÄúThat‚Äôs just the problem.‚Äù Morris yelled as they ran. ‚ÄúAdam and Eve caused the trouble.‚Äù
They joined the throng of animals all rushing to the center of the garden, the great tree of the knowledge of
good and evil. Suddenly they stopped as the ridge that surrounded the center of the garden where God
always walked and played with his humans was filled with animals. There stood God, majestic and
awesome as always. Before him stood Adam and on her knees behind Adam was Eve and she was weeping,
something nobody had ever seen before since there never was any sorrow in the perfect garden. Then off a
ways was a very strange beast. It was a snake but not a sweet snake like Stanley and his brothers and
cousins. This snake was huge, swelled up like he was full of bad things and he was hissing and snorting like
he had been angry since the dawn of time.
‚ÄúDo you know him Stanley?‚Äù Doris the Dove said landing on Stanley‚Äôs head.
‚ÄúNo.‚Äù Stanley said. ‚ÄúHe isn‚Äôt like any snake I ever saw. He isn‚Äôt sweet and full of games
and love like most snakes.‚Äù
‚ÄúThat‚Äôs because he isn‚Äôt a snake at all.‚Äù A voice came from behind. Everyone turned and saw
Henrietta the Hummingbird flitting from head to head. ‚ÄúA few minutes ago, all of us Hummingbirds flew
down there to find out what is going on. That‚Äôs no snake, Stanley. That is God‚Äôs enemy. They call
him Satan and he has done a terrible thing.‚Äù
All of a sudden, there was a terrible earthquake and everybody was thrown every which way. Stanley
screamed trying to stay close to his friends but it was no use. Things were falling and it was all he could do
to tell which was up and which was down. Chaos rained down for what seemed like days and then all of a
sudden, it was still. Stanley stared up at the sky. Suddenly Henrietta appeared. ‚ÄúYou ok Stanley?‚Äù
‚ÄúYes, I think so Henrietta.‚Äù He said rolling over. Then he noticed something terrible. His legs were
gone. ‚ÄúHey no I‚Äôm not. Somebody stole my legs.‚Äù
‚ÄúThey weren‚Äôt stolen Stanley.‚Äù The little bird explained. ‚ÄúGod passed judgment on the great
evil snake because he brought sin into the garden.‚Äù
‚ÄúWell that‚Äôs not my fault!‚Äù Stanley complained. ‚ÄúWhy should I suffer because someone else did
‚ÄúEverybody is suffering, Stanley.‚Äù She continued. ‚ÄúLook around you, the garden is gone. See over
there. That fierce angel with the fiery sword is standing guard over it. Nobody can go back. The earth and
the people are fallen because Adam and Eve did the one thing they were not supposed to do.‚Äù
‚ÄúWhat could they do that was so bad?‚Äô Stanley wondered. ‚ÄúThey kept the garden nice and made
sure we all had names and played with us every day. Wait, they didn‚Äôt,‚Äù he gasped.
‚ÄúYes, they ate the apple they were told not to eat. It was the only rule and they broke it. And now not
only are they cursed, they brought the curse on all of us.‚Äù So he learned to crawl without his legs right
over to Adam and Eve.
‚ÄúLook at me.‚Äù He said to them. ‚ÄúMy beautiful legs are gone. I look stupid like this. What are we
going to do? Is there any hope for us?‚Äù He pleased with the two very sorry humans. Finally, Adam
turned and looked into Stanley‚Äôs eyes and smiled and touched his head. There was love in his eyes, and
‚ÄúI know you are sad. We all are Stanley.‚Äù Adam said to the little snake. ‚ÄúBut God will not leave us
to perish. He loves us too much for that. Before we were punished, he gave a promise that some day, he
own son will come to earth and make it all like it was before. He will defeat the evil snake, Satan and defeat
death and make everything perfect again.‚Äù
‚ÄúHe will?‚Äù Stanley said almost crying in happiness at that news. ‚ÄúMaybe then I will get my legs
‚ÄúDon‚Äôt worry Stanley.‚Äù Eve said picking him up so he could slither around her fingers. ‚ÄúYou
look cute like this and we will all take care of each other until the Son of God comes and fixes it.
‚ÄúI promise to take care of you too, and Henrietta and Morris and all my friends.‚Äù He promised and
when she put him down, he coiled around her toes. He was still sad but now he had salvation to hope for.
And besides, he kind of liked being cute without his snake legs. At least for a little while.