Here’s another post from a fellow Cru blogger, Stephanie Reeves.  I love the way Stephanie draws life lessons from her everyday experiences.  This lesson on waiting for God’s best especially speaks to my heart these days.
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hermit-crabMy daughter and I have two hermit crabs. One of our original pair died a few months ago, and we replaced it shortly after Christmas. Just a day or so after we got the new guy, he burrowed under the sand in his crabitat, and we haven’t seen him since. Titan, the original hermie, decided to go with him.

That was at least 6 weeks ago. With the advice of my crab-aficionado friend, Robin, we decided to see if we could gently dig them up to see what was going on. So yesterday, with trepidation, I gently dug around in the sand. Much to my delight, I found Titan, hiding in a little hidey hole all by himself, alive and well. Next, the search was on for Alex. I found him across the tank. He was alive, but not as kickin’ as Titan. I brought them both topside, cleaned and refreshed the tank, and then left them to see what they’d do.

Within the hour, both were burrowed back under the sand.

I have no idea what that means.

But upon reading in “The Story” Bible this morning, I came upon this verse: “‘Come, make us gods who will go before us. As for this fellow Moses who  brought us up out of Egypt, we don’t know what has happened to him'” (Exodus 32:1).

Moses had been gone on the mountain to meet with God for 6 weeks. The people grew impatient. So, taking matters into his own hands, Aaron collected their gold jewelry, he threw it into the fire, melted it, and formed a golden calf, which they then proceeded to worship.

Oy vey.

The Israelites grew impatient when Moses seemed to be hiding for 6 weeks. The result? A golden calf, God’s anger, and further judgement on Israel.

Abraham and Sarah also took matters in their own hands. The result was Ishmael–and today’s Arab nation, which has been at war with Israel for thousands of years.

Nothing bad happened when my impatience and curiosity prompted a search for my secluded crabs. If they had been in the middle of a molt, I could have further stressed them and caused their death. I am thankful that didn’t happen, but it could have.

“Yet those who wait for the Lord will gain new strength; they will mount up with wings like eagles, They will run and not get tired, They will walk and not become weary” (Isaiah 40:31).

God’s plan is always the best. Pushing our own way gets us in trouble.



Stephanie Reeves authors the blog Compelled. She lives in Orlando with her husband of 22 years, their three kids, and her mother-in-law, which, contrary to popular opinion, does not produce a lot of fodder for her blog. She has been a writer/editor and copyeditor with Worldwide Challenge, the magazine of Cru.
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hermit crab photo credit:  Dan Pearce at Single Dad Laughing