When I first saw this photo, I was intrigued and thought…. What in the world is it? It looks like a conglomeration of odd sea creatures but why did they look like they were piled on top of each other?
Then I read about it and discovered this is actually a sea creature called a Decorator Crab. It’s a type of crab that camouflages itself by allowing various tiny seaweeds, sponges, anemones, and other small animals to attach themselves to its back. By letting plants and animals fasten on, the crab is actually protecting itself from predators. So, until the crab grows large enough to defend itself, it hides under the weight of assorted living creatures. It blends into the environment, thus shielding itself from harm.
It struck me that in some ways this was a description of my life. Before becoming a Christian, I had come up with ways to defend myself, hide myself, and make myself blend in with others. By doing this, I denied my authentic self from ever being seen. But after the Lord came into my life and began to clean me up, I shed some of my old defenses and I began to feel freedom to let people see the real me. I didn’t need to cover up my true self anymore. In the midst of the warmth of God’s love, I began to grow and change and like the Decorator Crab, to discard some of the old stuff.
Jesus affirmed to me who I was and how much He cared about me. Isa. 43:4 “… you are precious in My sight, … you are honored and I love you….”
IICor. 5:17 “Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creature; the old things passed away; behold, new things have come.”
Freedom in Christ to be who He created us to be. Awesome…