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Date: Thu, 27 Aug 2009 12:00:35 +0100
The HERMIT CRAB
-by David Wilkerson.

King David, the author of so many Psalms, grew weary of his 
struggles. He was so tired in soul, so embattled and beset by 
troubles, all he wanted was to escape to a place of peace and 
safety: "My heart is sore pained within me: and the terrors of 
death are fallen upon me... And I said, Oh that I had wings like 
a dove! For then would I fly away, and be at rest... I would hasten 
my escape from the windy storm and tempest" (Psalm 55:4-8). 

A lesson from nature reveals what happens when we trade the good 
fight for an easier way and walk away from our struggle. I recently 
read a biologist's study on crabs, creatures that live in a rough, 
dangerous environment among jagged rocks. Crabs are dashed 
about daily by waves and attacked on every side by creatures from 
deeper waters.  They battle continually to protect themselves, and 
over time they develop a strong shell and powerful instincts for survival.

Amazingly, some in the crab family give up the struggle for life. 
Searching for a safe haven, they take up residence in the cast-off 
shells of other ocean creature. These crabs are known as hermit 
crabs. Settling for safety, they retreat from the battle and escape 
into secondhand houses that are ready-made.

But hermit crabs' "safe houses" prove to be costly and ruinous. 
Through their lack of struggle, crucial parts of their bodies deteriorate. 
Even their organs wither due to lack of use. Over time the hermit 
crab loses all power of motion, as well as vital parts needed for 
escape. These limbs simply fall off, leaving the crab out of danger 
but useless to do anything except exist.

Meanwhile, crabs that continued the struggle grow and flourish. 
Their five pairs of legs become meaty and strong from resisting the 
powerful tides. And they learn to hide from their predators by skillfully 
scuttling under rock formations.

This law of nature, too, illustrates the law of the Spirit. As believers, 
we get tossed and pounded by wave after wave of difficulties. We 
face vicious predators in Satan's principalities and powers. But as 
we fight on, we grow stronger. And we come to recognize the 
devil's wiles when he employs them against us. We discover our 
true refuge, the "cleft in the rock," by trusting in Jesus. Only then 
are we truly safe in the midst of our battle.

-SOURCE - http://davidwilkersontoday.blogspot.com

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