Physical Inspiration: Squat Lobster
Two species of Squat Lobster are found along California coasts. They look like lobsters, but are more closely related to hermit crabs. Squat lobsters don't carry shells on their backs unlike their relatives. Instead, they squeeze into crevices and hide under rocks to protect their bodies. Safe from hungry fishes, they wait and leave their claws exposed to keep other lobsters away.
Spiritual Inspiration: Helmet of Salvation
Much like the Squat Lobster we are also exposed, living without a shell for protection but never fear! The Book of Ephesians was written by the Apostle Paul as a formal letter to the Christian community of Ephesus. Paul explains in chapter 6 that when we struggle (with addictions to food, greed, pornography, drugs and much more) we struggle because we are fighting against powers and principalities. This is whether or not we are addicted or we trying to help those that are. These invisible forces are an impetus for all that is corrupt in the world.
Paul gives clear instructions to those that are sober. He provides a "Step by Step" process on what to put on to protect ourselves. In one of the last steps he says in a command like tone, "TAKE the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God." But what I love about this is that a few verses later, he essentially says to GIVE the helmet of salvation to others in need by, "making known the mystery of the good news of Jesus Christ."
The helmet of salvation is two fold; it is meant to protect the believer, while in battle on behalf of those that struggle, but is also meant to be given, so that protection is multiplied.
If you struggle with an addiction of any sort, the helmet of salvation is for you. Take it. Jesus will provide the protection you desire.
Title: Observed and Recorded Permutation of The Holy Spirit - IV
9.5 inches x 21 inches on dura-lar
Location: Bakersfield Museum of Art
Event: #OpeningReception Extended