Venomous snakes were being
ferried from Africa to Europe in a
plane. Unfortunately, the person
who packed the snakes forgot to
lock the box in which the snakes
were put. Once the plane had taken
off and responding to the
movement of the plane, the snakes
found their way out of the box.
Passengers in the plane could see
various snakes on the isle. They
screamed, some fainted and the
brave ones sought refuge wherever
they could within the plane.
The airhostess ran to the pilot to
inform him of this scary incident.
The pilot quickly informed the air
controllers on the ground.
“We are very sorry”, says his boss.
“We forgot to lock the box where we
put the snakes. They are indeed
some of the most poisonous snakes
in the world. So where can I land?
Please advise me before passengers
are bitten”, asks the shaky pilot.
“No do not land, stay there for a
minute, let me think”, advises the
boss. Surely, this sounds like stupid
advice to the impatient pilot. But he
has to follow the orders. A minute
is too long for someone faced with
such trouble he thinks. But he has
to follow orders.
After a minute, the boss contacts
him. “At what altitude are you
flying? He asks.
“300”, says the pilot. “Go higher”,
advises the boss. “But the snakes
will….” Before he finishes his
sentence the boss bellows “I said go
“Now what’s your altitude?” Asks
the boss. “500.66”, answers the
“I said go higher captain.” He
By now the snakes are all over the
plane, even one male member of
the cabin crew collapses. It is
unbearable. A few have been bitten
and have instantly died. But still,
the majority keeps on seeking
“Now captain, keep on going
higher”, says the boss. The pilot
complies and keeps on going higher
and higher. “Now what’s your
altitude?” asks the pilot. “I am
reaching 1200”, replies the pilot.
“Now I am on 1200”, he says
“Now stay there. Tell the cabin crew
that at this altitude the snakes are
now harmless. They can just pick
them up with their hands and
return them to the box and this
time they should not forget to lock.”
advises the boss.
This is true. One cabin crew
member tries holding one snake. It
is numb and harmless. Soon it is a
game within the plane with
passengers, some for the first time
holding snakes in their hands and
returning them to the box. “Look at
this black mamba, it was really after
me. Now I can even throw it and
catch it like a ball”, says one
This was the end of the seemingly
dangerous ordeal in the plane. Even
those who had fainted were
Now what is the lesson of the story?
In this life, the snakes or problems
will follow you. However, there is
need for you to increase your
altitude in prayer. And surely, there
is a certain point in praying that
you reach and this is the point
when even the most seemingly
unconquerable problems are
defeated; they lose power. In the
Name of GOD.
“From the end of the earth I will cry
to You, When my heart is
overwhelmed; Lead me to the rock
that is higher than I. – Psalm 61:2
Faithful C. C👥