In the trails of a honey badger

Any venomous snake is a no go zone. The mention of names such as black mamba, green mamba and puff adder sends shivers down the spine of anyone who lives in Africa.

Scientists say that Black mamba kills in less than one hour. I have witnessed a black mamba reduce one little boy into a corpse just within one hour. It’s quite sad. There is no time to waste when a mamba strikes.

The black mamba is ranked among the most venomous snakes in the world with a fatality rate of 100% in the absence of antivenin. It means that one single black mamba strike to any animal it’s a done deal! The hope to survive largely depends on how close the antivenin is. It is a rush against time. It is a time count! 

Wait, but there is one animal that defies this rule! It has a Roland for an Oliver. Remember there is always an exception to the rule. There is always an outlier. It ignites excitement! 

There is always one member of the animal kingdom who is as tough as steel. There is always one member of the family with a little glint of madness in their eyes, the risk-taker, and the one whose more conservative siblings look down upon with disdain (or is that jealousy?). It is the nasty, no-nonsense honey badger. 

Why? It is because the badger doesn’t give a damn whether a snake is venomous or not. I resent the badger for one reason only: it’s a good reservoir for rabies.

The badger has developed a robust immunity against snake venom. It has a flexible and yet tough skin. Even when bitten severally and severely, and sent into a coma, the badger still wakes up to finish its snake meal. When you fool around with a honey badger then you might get what you want, but you might not want what you get. 

We need to learn from the badger.

  1. Develop a tough skin.
  2. Be flexible.
  3. Feed on your problems.
  4. Wake up from a coma triggered by severe bites and devour that snake. When they think you are giving up, remind them you are gearing up. 
  5. Fear nothing. Take on lions with ferocity and fervency.
  6. Be strong and courageous. Don’t budge; be a badger!

No temptation has overtaken you that is not common to man. God is faithful, and he will not let you be tempted beyond your ability, but with the temptation, he will also provide the way of escape, that you may be able to endure it. 1 Cor. 10:13 (ESV).

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