The Grip Of A Shellfish...
Shellfish settles at the bottom of the sea, close to the coasts(well, from the little I know about them). Thus they are prone to be easily washed away by the pounding waves and regular surges of the ocean. To avoid been washed away, they attach themselves to rocks, with a grip so firm, that they can't be moved my the dangers around. That is their safety mode.
We live in a world with storms and violent waves and surges that are ready to toss us all around and leave us feeling worthless and empty and tired. What are you clinging to for support and safety? The pebbles of your family name or bank account? Your beauty, your certificates and qualifications? Your talent?…. They may hold you temporarily, but there is a wind that comes, a wind that is stronger than all these things put together. One that they cannot protect you from. Pebbles are easily picked up and tossed about by little children, but you don’t just stoop to pick up a rock.
I have held on to pebbles and sands in the past. But today, I am like the shellfish… I cling to a rock, THE rock. The one that is called the Rock of ages. The one referred to as the Rock of my salvation… Jesus!
The winds have blown, the storms have come, but I have withstood them and I do not despair about the ones to come because I know who I have found my rest in. “When the storm is over, there's nothing left of the wicked; good people, firm on their rock foundation, aren't even fazed.” Prov 10:25 I’ll Rephrase that verse… when the storm is over, those who cling to pebbles and sands are left with nothing, but those who cling to THE rock aren’t even fazed. They come out stronger.
God is so amazing, He teaches us lessons from all of His creation.
"These words I speak to you are not incidental additions to your life, homeowner improvements to your standard of living. They are foundational words, words to build a life on. If you work these words into your life, you are like a smart carpenter who built his house on solid rock. Rain poured down, the river flooded, a tornado hit—but nothing moved that house. It was fixed to the rock.
"But if you just use my words in Bible studies and don't work them into your life, you are like a stupid carpenter who built his house on the sandy beach. When a storm rolled in and the waves came up, it collapsed like a house of cards." Matthew 7:24-27(msg)
What are you clinging to?
“We fall at the feet of anyone or anything that might make us feel worthy...but it never works. Not for long, at least. Too often, we end up desperate and crying on the floor. We’re clinging to the wrong set of feet.” ―Michele Cushatt
Hold on to God, with the grip of a shellfish.