Joanne Hong, with wimp.com, reports:
The last thing you expect to do when you make a trip to the grocery store is save a life, especially one that most people tend to overlook - a lobster’s. Lobsters, even rare ones, don’t get the same amount of love or attention that other animals do. There are countless animal rescue stories out there, including rescues of exotic animals, such as otters, lions, bears, and even turtles. However, there probably isn’t another story like this about a lobster, which is why it is so special.
It was just a day like any other when Christine Loughead met her lobster. While shopping at her local grocery store in North Ontario, she spotted the special guy, all alone and awaiting his fate, and immediately jumped into action. She told BuzzFeed Canada that she was standing in the meat section ... when she saw the lobster she later named Lobby Joe.
That's when Loughead decided to purchase Lobby Joe for $20.23 and send him back to his home in the Atlantic Ocean. She filled a styrofoam cooler with ice packs and newspaper and placed Lobby Joe inside. Then Loughead and her boyfriend set off on a six-hour drive to the UPS location in Winnipeg, to ship the live animal to a friend who agreed to set Lobby Joe free.
This story is newsworthy because it is unheard of that someone would set out to save a crustacean. A lobster hardly seems worth the trouble.
That describes how the Psalmist felt when he thought about all the trouble God was willing to go through for us. In disbelief, he wrote, “What is man that You take thought of him, And the son of man that You care for him?” (Psalm 8:4, NASV).
You and I are like Lobby Joe, condemned to die, waiting for our fate. But then, for reasons hard to explain, Jesus decided to give up everything to rescue us. The Cross of Christ is newsworthy because a holy God choosing to die for sinful man defies all reason. It is not only newsworthy, it is awe inspiring.
“Man is like a breath; his days are like a passing shadow” (Psalm 144:4, ESV).