Don’t Be a Turtle
1 Samuel 13:6
“When the men of Israel saw that they were in a strait, (for the people were distressed,) then the people did hide themselves in caves, and in thickets, and in rocks, and in high places, and in pits.”
There are a few things that I really am not fond of, and one of those things are turtles. It is not that I dislike a turtle, it is just that one of the protective modes of the turtle is that they go into their shell whenever they sense danger. However, it seems that the sensory mode of the turtle is extra sensitive. Most of the things that cause the turtle to go into their shell would never hurt them, but they retract into their shell and feel safe when in reality they could still be in danger.
In the verse above, the men of Israel were acting like turtles. They “saw that they were in a strait,” so instead of facing their troubles, they hid “themselves in caves, and in thickets, and in rocks, and in high places, and in pits.” These men went into a turtle mode which did nothing to fix their problem.
The turtle mode is one of the most unproductive and self-destructive ways to deal with your problems. You may feel that you are in a strait like the men in the verse above, but retracting into your little shell will do nothing for your problems. Let me give you some advice about dealing with the turtle mode.
First, retracting into your shell will not make your problems go away. Many people have their way of retracting into their shell, and every one of them is self-destructive. The shells that I see people retract into are alcohol, drugs, avoidance, or just running away to a different location. None of these actions will make your problems go away.
Second, your problems are still outside of your shell and may be getting worse as long as you try to avoid them. The shell you retract into to avoid your problems won’t keep your problems from getting to you. Most problems tend to increase while you stay in your shell. You are going to find that while you are hiding from your problems that they are getting bigger, and the shell you are hiding in is only making your problems worse.
The best way to face your problems is to come out of your shell and deal with the uncomfortable situation you find yourself facing. The only way problems will stop being problems is to face them. You can’t find solutions to your problems by hiding in your shell; you find solutions to your problems by facing them.
Moreover, you will find that the solutions to your problems are not as bad as you thought they would be. Most people make the solution to their problems bigger than what they really are. Let me remind you of 2 Corinthians 10:5 which says, “Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ;” If you are going to overcome your problems, getting out of your shell and throwing away the false imaginations about the solutions to your problems is the best way to fix your problems.
My friend, you will never know the joy of fixing problems as long as you hide in your little shell. Let me encourage you to get out of your shell today and face your problems so that you can find the solution to them and the freedom from your problems.