A hand holding up a orange shell

When what worked won’t work

25 March 2018
‘Let us go on…and become mature in our understanding.’

Hermit crabs spend their lives looking for a shell that fits them. They live in shells until they outgrow them, then they scurry along the ocean floor and find a bigger one. They do this their whole lives – a process that repeats over and over. Is what worked in the past not working for you now? A job you’ve outgrown, or a relationship you need to reset or leave, or a method you need to change. Just because something’s tried and tested doesn’t mean it’s for forever. Whatever it is, don’t get so settled that you can’t let go and move on when you need to. So here’s the question: Are you clinging to something that no longer fits you just because it’s easy and familiar? David said, ‘You…freed me when I was hemmed in and relieved me when I was in distress’ (Psalm 4:1 AMP). Be willing to move out of your comfort zone and deal with a bit of distress. That’s what makes you grow. It won’t feel freeing and enlarging right away, but you can bet it will start to. Instead of hanging in and trying harder, sometimes you have to stop and ask, ‘Is this situation good for me?’ If you’re not sure, ask God for ‘an understanding heart so that [you] can…know the difference between right and wrong’ (1 Kings 3:9 NLT). And when He tells you what to do – do it – even though at first it will feel alien and strange. When God says it’s time to move on, He’s got a better shell for you somewhere.


What now?

Find a photo of a shell and write ‘God always has something better for me’ on it. Keep it for when you need a reminder of His promises when He’s moving you on.