Fresh Hope – 3rd April 2017

A lobster can only grow by shedding its protective shell and growing a larger one to expand into.

This is a great picture for us that often in order to grow, we have to go through a season of shedding our security blanket.

Lobsters only shed their shell because of discomfort. They grow too big for their shells, become uncomfortable and so make the change. If a lobster had access to the NHS, it would never grow. As soon as it had any discomfort  it would visit the doctor, get some pain relief and counselling to help it live with the discomfort and would never have the courage or inclination to take the risk and shed that shell.

The lobster becomes vulnerable once its shell has been shed. That is often the reason we don’t grow – we don’t feel it’s sensible to expose ourselves to a weakened position. If the lobster doesn’t take the risk though , its shell eventually kills it.

If you’re reading this today and feeling frustrated and uncomfortable at the confines of your life, I encourage you to take a risk. Often, the thing in our life (the shell) that protects us most, brings provision and shelter, can be the thing stopping us from growing and achieving greater things.

What can also be confusing is that the current restrictive shell was a previously God-given miraculous provision from a previous season. This can make us feel it’s where we should live forever, but the life of faith is one of advancement and growth and what was previously correct for us may now be restricting us, and also God always has new miraculous provision for us.

In Luke 17:33 Jesus said, ‘Whoever tries to keep their life will lose it, and whoever loses their life will preserve it.’

The life of faith is an upside down existence and so I encourage you today to step out, take risks.  Be prepared to lay down your life in order to come into real life. You won’t be disappointed.

Luke Cartwright

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