The Hermit Crab Shell Hunt

Hello everyone,

How did the weekend go? You know how we get so accustomed to repetitive stuff, even the most noble and nicest events end up becoming so formal that we tend to lose the real meaning. I hope that we haven’t done that with the remembrance of Jesus’ resurrection so much that all it represents is two work free days and an extended weekend.

Ok, moving forward, I read somewhere recently about the hermit crab, how it looks for a shell that fits him, then lives in it till he outgrows it. At the point at which it outgrows a previous shell, it has to scamper around the ocean floor and find a bigger one; a process that repeats itself throughout his entire life. In fact, even if the crabs don’t change into shells very often, they will spend a good deal of the time investigating every shell they come across, to see whether it fits them or not. It’s one of their forms of entertainment, along with climbing, hiding and foraging. For artificially cultured hermit crabs, the owners often find it disconcerting when the crabs refuse to change shells even when the present shells are too small and they (the owners) have provided a range of shells for the hermit to choose from.

Bringing it home though, I love routine, the familiar somehow seems safe for me but it’s about time for me to let go; lest I make an idol of the old and frustrate my owner who has provided me with a variety of bigger shells to change into. I must at the very least, consider the new shells and investigate same. Like the hermit crab, I should become accustomed to searching for new ways to express my growing capacity, scampering all over the ocean bed to find a new expression for my gifts and talents. What that says to me is that to develop and grow in any way, I must be willing to move out of my comfort zone and deal with a little ‘distress’ involved in finding a new shell.

What is your story? Are you ready for bigger things or are you hanging on in patience to a regiment that is no longer adequate for where you are going? Like the hermit crab, it just may be time to find a bigger shell and move on to bigger things. Set new targets, new challenges, and desire new depths. But you can’t take occupancy until you vacate the old one. As we celebrate the power of the resurrection, let’s cooperate with the quickening power and take on more. It is time to recreate, innovate, pivot, and just do new things as God inspires us.

Let’s go there…


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  1. Yaaay! I’m back. Thanks…like you I’m looking to embrace the new and this was a welcome encouragement to at least consider doing something new and stretching myself. I get scared but it’s unfair to God if I stay in the old when He’s blessed me with so much. God bless you Stupendous Grace, this blog is such a blessing.

  2. Fascinating behaviour about the hermit crab, its about time to take that step…….Lord clear a path for me.God bless this blog and those keeping it running.

  3. Interesting story about the hermit crab. One important point to note for me is the fact that the hermit should be decisive and precise when getting a new shell. If he delays after leaving an old shell, he’s exposed to predators. Thanks for this insight.

  4. Been reading through your posts and just had to comment today. This is so rich and simple, truly fresh insight. Reading your posts, it almost feels like i know you and i keep on looking forward to the next post. Thank you Stupendous Grace, keep the fire burning.

  5. Wow, ain’t it amazing how some people refuse to dream bigger and rise higher, thanks for using the hermit crab to get the message across, I know I’ll be borrowing the logic.

  6. Great story, great lesson, makes a lot of sense but very hard to do! Our comfort zone is the last place we want to leave! We’re so attached to it so much that its as if all is over if we let go!
    I pray for power to let go and explore the new and bigger shells provided for me by my maker.

  7. yeah…..Sometimes fear of whats out there makes it really hard for us to move out of our comfort zone. i pray that GOD will give us the grace to let go of the past and move on to greater things. AMEN!!!

  8. A truly inspiring piece indeed. May we receive the grace to fight the good fight of faith as hard as it seems sometimes, remembering that God is always working behind the scenes. Bless u dear!

  9. I absolutely love this post cos I can sooo relate. I love the comfort of routine which is why I get so disconcerted when God changes the seasons around me. But I’m learning each day to go with it and allow myself to be led by Him cos you can’t desire growth and sameness at the same time….it doesn’t work that way

  10. Girl? Well done!

    We need to continually move into bigger shells… I will definitely keep this in mind as much as I can in all areas of my life.

  11. I was wondering if you ever considered changing the layout of your web site? Its extremely well written; I love what youve got to say. But maybe you could a little more in the way of content so people could connect with it better. Youve got an awful great deal of text for only getting one or 2 pictures. Maybe you could space it out better?

    1. Thank you so much for your feedback. Will look at the layout again and see what I can do to get people to connect better. Maybe reduce the text or have some more pictures and graphic content…Hmmm. Please feel free to share whatever suggestions you have. Truly appreciate you for stopping by. Looking forward to hearing from you.

  12. Thank you so much for stopping by. Humbled that you had such a delightful read. Look forward to seeing you around again and again.

  13. Heya i am for the first time here. I discovered this board and I find It truly helpful & it helped me out much. I hope to provide something back and aid others like you helped me.

    1. Thank you so much. Your comment is highly appreciated and I hope the story of the Hermit Crab Shell Hunt inspires you to begin to move out of your comfort zone.

  14. Thanks so much for the lovely comment. Glad you like the layout. When did I start blogging? Not too long, started blogging in March 2013, so that’s about 6 months so i am quite a rookie. I am encouraeged by your nice comment.

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