Hermit crabs outgrow their shells, needing them to search for another dwelling to expand.
Prayer of Jabez - says "enlarge my boundaries".
Searching out my new expanse, I signed up to volunteer at the schools once a week and also attend a women's Bible study.
Our schedule should allow for this new growth. The volunteer time would occur while my four-year-old is at pre-school. The Bible study would take up evening time, not interfering with our homeschool day. My fourteen-year-old could handle himself during volunteer time and take on the duties of child care for one evening each week.
I grew excited with the possibilities of my expanded shell. Larger surroundings can bring, not only growth, but refreshment to the soul.
Then, like the crab who ventures out, the predator came looking for the adventurous crab.
First, the predator came with the volunteer training. The schedule collided with my son's baseball game and my husband's much needed work time. This would leave the four-year-old and his brother abandoned at the ball field. My husband stepped up to the plate, losing some work time, to cover me during this time.
Second, the predator met me with conflicting schedules on my Bible Study evening. The only night of the week that my son and his girlfriend's family could eat with us landed on the same night.
I turned to the old shell...I was comfortable there. My family could depend on me to be there. No one changed their schedule for me because my schedule was theirs. This is how it had been for the majority years of my 26 years of mothering.
The new shell meant "growth". I am edging on age 50. This is a new season of my life. I need to learn how to expand in new territories. My kids' schedules will not always dominate mine. I need to expand beyond my comfortable "shell".
Which shell would I return to as I stood naked between the two choices?
Slowly creeping, with watchful eyes for more predators, I scurried into the larger shell. My family will make adjustments. I will continue to serve them as I have in the past. Hopefully, my growth will encourage growth in them also.
Is it time for you to find a new shell, one that will expand your growth? I know alot of you are expanding into some very large new shells...blessings!!!