I enjoy trying to find spiritual lessons from everyday life scenarios. For example, last week I talked about how the Christian life is very much like a tea bag—you don’t know what kind of tea (or Christian) you have until they are immersed in “hot water” situations.
Recently I saw a video about a lobster that had me thinking about more spiritual lessons. It was the story of a restaurant owner who had a big tank of lobster in his seafood restaurant. One day he looked into the tank and saw an empty lobster shell. At first he thought it must have been a dead lobster but on further inspection he could see that the lobster, because of it’s growth, had shed his old shell and was getting ready for a new one. This lobster had crawled to the corner of the tank, apparently trying to hide himself in his “naked” and vulnerable position. This gel-like outer body was now preparing to grow a new outer shell.
I couldn’t help but think of verses like Colossians 3:9-10 where Paul exhorts believers to take off “your old self with it’s practices and put on the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge in the image of it’s Creator.” The image of taking off the old shell to exchange with a healthy spiritual one is powerful. Then again Paul reminds us in 2 Cor 5:17 that through faith in Jesus we have become “new creatures in Christ”. He says “the old has gone, the new is here! All this is from God…”.
There is one more spiritual parallel to enjoy with our lobster friend. The lobster’s life on the ocean floor is generally protected by his camouflage colors on his shell. He blends in perfectly with the colors and flora in the ocean’s depths. But when the lobster is identified and brought to the surface, and ultimately placed in a pot on someone’s stove, he suddenly turns bright red and shines brightly for all to see. I believe the lobster is at it’s best when it is bright red! I also believe Christians are at their best when they stop camouflaging their faith and shine brightly for Christ.