Our first guest post is from Wanda Mullins, a beautiful friend, inside and out! She is a wife to Chuck, mother to Grant and Joy, and elementary school teacher to 3rd graders at Westminster Christian Academy. She loves sipping coffee to the last drop while engaging in meaningful conversations.
Let’s face it…Life is hard! (2 Corinthians 4:8-12) Life constantly throws new opportunities to grow whether one likes it or not! Days turn into weeks. Weeks turn into months and before we know it, a new season is crowding in. Now that Thanksgiving is here, we are all preparing our homes and taste buds for the big day of mashed potatoes, sweet corn and green beans. The turkey takes the center stage and the most room in the oven for a good part of the day. One animal we don’t think about at this time is… the lobster. But let’s dive deep into some truths that this little guy can teach us. Life becomes very hard for this guy, too! He was created to grow just like we are. (1Peter 2:2 ….. so that by it you may grow up in your salvation) Lobsters shed their shells and have to molt into new ones.
Growth is hard and it involves a struggle.
First, the lobster has to recognize that he needs to molt so he goes under a rock to hide from danger. His shell splits, he fills himself with water and then rolls over on his side. Eventually the lobster flops around, unable to support itself, and fills up with water again and soon, a new shell is formed. Fascinating!
Three years ago, I was diagnosed with a benign brain tumor and surgery was the only option. I wanted to crawl under a rock and never come out. In those dark days, the Lord transformed my heart and thoughts through His Word and tender ways. In a way, I was like the lobster filling myself with His Living Water and hanging on to every promise.
One verse that became the anthem of my struggle was 1 Peter 1:3-4. It begins with PRAISE!
Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. In His great mercy he has given new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead. And into an inheritance that will never perish, spoil, or fade kept in heaven for you!
That verse became my rock. It began with thanksgiving! (Not necessarily for our situations, but for the One who guides us through the tough times.) As Christians, we ARE the living HOPE to a desperate and dying world. We are just passing through and we have an inheritance that will never rot like leftover pumpkin pie.
I realized that my tumor would take me to places like waiting rooms, ICU units and more. The tumor would be an opportunity to share my hope. I realized that the “shedding my skin or struggles” was not all about ME, but what God was doing in my sphere of influence. Every morning brought an opportunity to be paralyzed by fear or propelled by His power. Under the Rock, healing power and strength came as I intentionally pressed into Him and rejected every lie of the Devil. It wasn’t easy, but through Lamentations 3:22…I had confidence that I would not be consumed. Friend, His mercies are new every morning. Great is His faithfulness!
Thanksgiving and the holidays can be trying times as family comes together and stressing situations will arise. May the life lessons from the lobster encourage you to go ahead and crawl under the living Rock. Fill yourself with the Living Water of the Word and emerge with the newness He brings every morning. He is Faithful!
Please visit Wanda’s blog, underthebrainbow.com, for more about her journey with Acoustic Neuroma.