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Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Hermit Crabs & Habitation

Once again, I am amused at how the Holy Spirit speaks to me . . . this time it was through a hermit crab.

Hermit crabs have a shell on them 24/7 - it's their habitation, their protection, their refuge. Their head and little pinchers come out enabling them to move around and do their thing, but they are never separated from their shell . . . their dwelling, it's part of who they are. The reason a hermit crab stay inside most of the time is that he is in desperate need of moisture and is all about conserving what he does have. He loves to come out in the rain to take full advantage of the moisture. This shell, this dwelling place, provides complete mobility, and protection. It has no holes to let danger in and the shell allows the crab to withdraw completely, to a safe place.


So what's your dwelling place? Psalm 91:2 says because you have made the Lord, who is my refuge, your dwelling place, your habitation, no evil shall befall you, no plague shall come near your dwelling; for He shall give His angels charge over you, to keep you in all your ways.

There are times to come out but never leave your shell, your dwelling place. As God has been speaking to me about seasons, I am reminded by the song 'Let it Rain' that the rain of the Holy Spirit as He falls fresh on your life brings such refreshing.

Do people think you're a hermit? The dictionary describes a hermit as a person who has withdrawn to a solitary place of life for religious seclusion. But I am thinking it's just fine to be a hermit. Listen to what the Lord says in Hosea 2:14 Therefore now I'm going to allure her; I will lead her into the desert and speak tenderly to her. The desert sounds like a solitary, alone place to me - and He allures you there. As you withdraw to the Lord your God, to be alone with Him, not just in the morning, but all through the day. You are one with Him just like the hermit crab who never leaves his shell - it's a part of him.

Alone. Deuteronomy 32:12 Dan Crawford writes: "My child, here thou wilt safest walk with Me alone . . . I trembled, yet my heart's deep trust replied, 'So be it Lord.' He took my feeble hand in His, accepting thus my will to yield Him all, and to find all in Him. One long, dark moment, and no friend I saw, save Jesus only. But oh so tenderly He led me on . . . and (I) leaned on His strong arm confidingly. . . . the rugged way, illumined, such light as only can be seen in close companionship with God."

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