Walking on a trail awhile back, I noticed something odd out of the corner of my eye. As I approached the object, I realized it was a pretty big snail shell sitting on top of an ant pile.
Several thoughts and questions went through my mind.
1. What kind of snail is that? I’ve never seen one that big in the suburban “wild.”
2. How did it get there?
3. Is this a really clever geocache?
4. Is it alive?
The last question was the one that really had me wondering? If it was, then it was in a pretty bad situation. Any attempt to escape the mound would result in a stirring of ants that would eventually flood out and eat the snail.
Instantly, I could relate.
Every once in awhile, we find ourselves in these random yet scary and uncertain situations. We haven’t planned for them and we can’t plan our way out of them.
So what do we do? Submit
The snail shell is a great illustration of that. It literally looks like it is kneeling. Submitting acknowledges that we are literally facing (face to the ground) a peculiar situation. However we are choosing to be in a position in which a spiritual shell of protection can be placed on us.
The snail shell has three protective layers:
1. Periostracum-Outer protective layer
2. Ostracum-Central layer
3. Inner smooth layer
Our spiritual submission shell has three protective layers as well.
3. Holy Spirit
Choose submission over trying to control a situation you can’t get yourself out of.
The LORD upholds all who fall and lifts up all who are bowed down.
To God be the Glory