Nature is full of interesting phenomenon. Everywhere I look, my mind absorbs the wonder of it all and instantly digests things into analogies. I suppose that is a job hazard, being a pastor’s wife with years of teaching children and youth and now as a writer. But I figured hey…if Jesus did it then so should I.
Residing in the beautiful Northwest, I’m blessed to live in the wonders of the mountains among snow capped volcanoes and still have the opportunity to drive a couple hours to the Pacific Ocean. Once my feet hit the beach, I instantly revert back to a child and anxiously wait for low tide so I can poke around among tide pools and see all the living creatures. (I know, it’s not that much of a revertion…revertage… rever..okay… I’m a big kid)
On a recent trip, I watched in wonder at an amazing nature lesson. In my mind, the name Hermit Crab conjures up the image of a shell stealing creature that prefers to be alone under its own rock among the tide pool community. Oh, but contraire… watch the video below and see for yourself.
When I saw with my own eyes the instant reaction of the larger crabs scurrying to the rescue of the runt of the colony, I realized that despite their name, Hermit Crabs are very social little creatures with a sense of responsibility to their fellow-crab. Immediately my mind went into analogy mode and I thought of this group blog, my fellow-wordsmiths. I realized what I’d just witnessed was encouragement in action.
In the days, weeks, months, and years to come, this blog is designed specifically to give hope, support, love and instruction to our readers, our co-authors, and those who stumble through on “accident”. We will strive to put into action the simple lesson witnessed through the Hermit Crab. Should you feel like the runt that landed on his back, unable to right yourself for whatever reason, we hope you find a community here that will flip you over and set you on your way.
Ecclesiastes 4:10 (NIV) If one falls down, his friend can help him up. But pity the man who falls and has no one to help him up!
I’m forever thankful for the many times I’ve been flipped off my backshell and assisted out of a vulnerable position…how about you?