There is a story about a snake that was hit by a car. A woman picks the snake up, feeds it and nurses it back to health. Then the snakes bites her and injects her with its deadly venom. On her death bed, the woman asks the snake, "After all I did, why did you do this to me?" The snake answers by saying, "You knew I was a snake when you picked me up!"
How many times have we picked up a snake when we chose the wrong mate hoping to change him or her into what we wanted that person to be?
How many times have we picked up a snake when we accepted that job even though we knew it was a misfit?
How many times have we settled for what wasn't best for us, but we tried to make it work?
You probably have a snake you are nursing back to health. Do know that a snake is a snake and when it gets enough strength, it will bite you and infect you with its poison because that's what snakes do.
Do what Paul did when he encountered a snake. "But Paul shook the snake off into the fire and suffered no ill effects" (Acts 28:5).
Picking up real snakes or figurative snakes will bring harm to you. Shake that snake off your hand and let it go so you won't suffer ill effects.