CRAB AND HUMAN BATTLES! WHAT’S THE DIFFERENCE?
“Where do all the fights and quarrels among you come from? They come from your desires for pleasure, which are constantly fighting within you. You want things, but you cannot have them, so you are ready to kill; you strongly desire things, but you cannot get them, so you quarrel and fight. You do not have what you want because you do not ask God for it. And when you ask, you do receive it, because your motives are bad; you ask for things to use for your own pleasure. Unfaithful people! Don’t you know that to be the world’s friend means to be God’s enemy? If you want to be the world’s friend, you make yourself God’s enemy.” (James 4: 1-4) (GNB).
Many people would not find a visit to the local fish market very exciting. But I find the fish market a most mentally simulating place. When I visit the local fish market, I like to explore the various sea creatures for sale. It is quite an amazing experience to study the variety of species that are captured and sold to satisfy the human appetite. In all truth, I am not an expert on seafood. Nonetheless, while surveying the sea creatures, I began to wonder how these species are carefully prepared for human consumption. I always take my time to examine every seafood display. The one specie that fascinates me the most, is the Crab. I know very little about Crabs. I suppose if I truly wanted to learn about crab behavior, I could spend some time in the library or search the internet. The truth is, I just like to observe them, and draw my own conclusions about their empire and their battle for the light. In many ways, the Crabbian behavior resembles the human empire and battle for worldly light. The crabs in the barrel smother each other, they claw and step on each other for survival, and some crabs kill other crabs in their battle for the light. The for individuality and conquest, these are some my observations of the “Crabbians”.
As I stood watching the loaded crates in the fish market. I observed the Crabbians scrambling about, and I did not witness one Crabbian trying to get to the bottom of the crate. Each Crabbian was trying to makes its way to the top to get to the light. They were crowded on top of one another, smothering and suffocating each other. Every Crabbian was using all its claws to get away from the bunch to breathe to be in the light. Believing there is freshness and life on the top, while clawing and pawing for the light to shine on them. I wondered if they even cared about their fellow Crabbian. I think all they may have in their mind, is too get away from the smothering crowd. To secure a place in the sun, away from the ghetto of the crate. Maybe they think if they reach the top they will survive. How foolish is that? We all know that the first live Crabbian on the top of the crate is the first to be sold and boiled alive.
Moreover, I have watched Crabbians use their large strong claws to grab the shell coat of other Crabbians, to give themselves leverage to pull their body up from their lower place in the crate. They fixed their claws on their fellow Crabbian’s shell, and pull and kick the other Crabbians beneath them, in order to move closer to the light. This is a very difficult task to climb to the top of the great population of Crabbians in a crate, but they never stop until they reach the top of the Crabbian chain or die trying. After their fierce battle to survive, they themselves are on the top of the Crabbian chain, where they will be escorted to a fine kitchen or some seaside shack, where they are plated for dinner.
Sadly, many Crabbians attack and kill their fellow Crabbian to eliminate the competition in their battle to the light. They use many tactics to ambush their competitors. I have witness two against one in their battle to be in the light. Crabbians were crawling on top of each other and scratching and plunging with their claws to disqualify their opponent. I have witnessed Crabbians lying on their backs hoping that one of the other Crabbians might use their claws to turn them over so that they can continue the battle, but this seldom happens. They all trampled over the wounded Crabbian until he is dead. I have never witnessed a Crabbian funeral in my observations. They just keep marching onward to get to the light. Not one of the Crabbians look back. They all want to reach the light to be served on newspaper or a grand dish stuffed with their fellow Crabbian, accompanied with a glass of fine wine or a cold beer.
There is not a great difference between human behavior and crab behavior in my observations. I watch society smother people with rules and regulations that are suitable for them and their way of life. Please do not misunderstand me. I am one for regulations to protect all of our human rights. However, we have some new regulations in the nation’s book and they are smothering many who are opposed to this new brand of truth. They are always trying to assure the nation that there is a freshness in the new regulations. Many clawed their way to the top for the light to shine on them. As we sit and watch the implementation of these new regulations, we know that in the end, their light will not benefit anyone.
I was once in swimming in great body of water, and a great wave came crashing on my head. There were a few others swimming along side me. When I managed to get my head above water, I stretched out my arms to reach for someone or something to keep from drowning. There was a person near to me, I grabbed his arm to save myself. I was about to die and I was afraid! Like my desperation to save myself, businesses, organizations and people who are drowning in the economy’s sinking ships, are grabbing the poor, and what’s left of the middle class to save themselves. Many have stolen and lied to get out of their sinking ships. They have maneuvered rules and guidelines to save themselves. They are battling to get to the light and in that light they will find another leak in their ship!
This last behavioral similarity between the Crabbians and humans, is that they will kill in their battle to get to the worldly light. There are fierce competitions everywhere we turn, but who is dying in the race for supremacy? The consumer is being bounced around, while big business is battling to get into the light. Too many shortcuts are being taken to give a better bargain than the next guy. Shortcuts means something essential is being eliminated from the whole product, which will cause hurt, death or sickness to the consumer or citizen. There are so many areas that I could name, but I will leave that up to the reader. I do not have to point the way for you, you already know it. Our quality of life is being degraded, while like the Crabbians, the big guys are trying to battle their way to the worldly light of fame and fortune, which is all an illusion of the true light.
Well, I don’t know about you, but I am going to study the Crabbians defeat, and what happened to each one of them when they reached the top. It was not at all what they thought it would be. They smothered one another, they fought and destroyed each other. Each Crabbian was only concerned about his own survival. The Crabbian, who was in fear of losing his battle for the light, he killed his fellow Crabbian. All that the Crabbian had to look forward to when he reached the top was disappointment. There was no relief after his hard-fought battle. He deceived himself into believing that his happiness was greater than the lives of his kinsman. What do you think?
There is only one light that leads to life and that light is in Jesus Christ. All the worldly lights are not going to bring peace nor happiness. Jesus is the way the truth and light. Follow him and his righteousness and get out of the crab crates of life and be free to breathe; and live free in your heart and to survive the final judgment. Battle to get in the light of Jesus where there is everlasting life. Stay Blessed!
For the record, this is written for all who have been seeking peace in the world’s light only to find disappointment. Jesus is the way the truth and the light! Trust and believe in Jesus and you will find peace and rest for your weary soul. God bless you and amen!
Written by Reverend Jessica L. Matthews, Missionary Pastor