What comes out in the dark, are easier to see with light, are sneaky, hard to stop, can hurt me, and can make you miss something beautiful? Any guesses?
While hunting ghost crabs during our beach vacation I felt the Holy Spirit’s nudge of a “teachable” series of moments. In the following I will share six reminders about sin that may seem a bit crabby.
1. Light helps me see, chase, and catch crabs. While we saw a few during the day, nothing brought the little speed runners out more than the darkness. “Over here. I see one!” With excitement the hunters raced over, lights and buckets in hand, and chase the little creature until they thought they could catch it.
Sin often hides in the “darkness” in secret places. Sometimes even in self deception. However once light is shown upon our sin, because God’s love for me, I am to be ready for the chase and, in some cases, a fight.
2. Crabs are sneaky. They lay and wait patient and still under the covering of their camouflage. Be that natural beach debris like our prideful or selfish flesh, or things left behind by the world like society and the lack of Truth within it, there are many things attempting to hide the sin in our lives.
“I must have squished it. Wait! There it goes again.” Personally it seems like I chase the sin down and have it “caught” but when if I let my guard down here it comes again.
The tempest lies and waits. The patience within his ploys are very effective. I must remain rooted in Gods Word to overcome the sin in my life it’s through Him I am an overcomer.
3. There are obstacles in my path that make catching crabs hard or makes me miss them entirely. “Hole, watch your step!” Even at one point deep in the hole we’re hot coals lending the idea of playing with fire. I might know there is something I want to catch in my life. Something that God Himself desires that I do yet some obstacle is approached and my pursuit is slowed down. How I respond to these obstacles greatly impacts my ability to continue on the journey of being remade in God’s image. Be that the journey to rid my life of sin or the journey to follow God’s plan for my life.
Obstacles present choice and opportunity for prayer.
Prayerfully, I must approach the obstacle. Obediently I follow direction. If I choose to ignore I’m likely to trip or burn terribly.
4. Crabs can hurt me especially when they are afraid. “Ow! It won’t let go!” Just like the idea that hurting people hurt people we must remember removing sin hurts too. Just like the pincher of the crab at time sins hold on. Removal of the sin in our life can cause others to lash out or choose to leave our lives. This hurts. In time, God’s hand will become apparent and appreciated. Ours is to pray through and seek Him even in our pain.
5. I can miss beautiful things. “I didn’t even see all those stars!” After an hour chasing crabs in the darkness the hunters never stopped long enough to take in the beauty of where they were. Between the sounds of the waves and the beauty of the clear night, they were reminded to look up, and stand in awe of God’s creation.
6. The pursuit is hard, and often results in failure. This doesn’t mean it lacks joy. Insert contagious laughter as the crabs challenge the hunter and slip between their legs. Many times as Christian’s we fail. Over and over again at times. Joy is a fruit of the Spirit. Not some unattainable dream. Joy along the journey is evidence of the Holy Spirit in your life. Jesus died that we may glorify God in our everyday, every moment life, regardless of or circumstances.
Have you ever been part of a ghost crab hunting crew? I’d love to hear your stories!