Can you adapt when times get tough?
With the onset of the gloom and cold of winter I often find myself marveling at the adaptations some animals go through just to survive the tough times of the season. Amphibians are exothermic, or cold blooded, and that means that when the temperatures drop so does their metabolism and activity. If a frog is so tempted to stay above ground during this time of year it often signifies their certain demise. There is one species of frog that seems to be the exception to this rule. The Wood Frog, Rana sylvatica, has the ability to completely freeze and once temperatures are optimal again it can essentially thaw out and resume life as normal. This is due to the production of glucose in the frog’s body that acts as biological antifreeze.
We can make a scriptural parallel when we think about how our God has given us the tools we need to survive the harshest of times like it talks about in Ephesians 6:10-20 with the full armor of God as well as in other verses like 1 Corinthians 10:13. If we look at the latter verse, 1 Corinthians 10:13, we see that God will not allow temptation to overtake us without a way of escape. In the case of the frog the harshness of winter’s chill will not kill the frog because it can endure the frigid temperatures because God designed it with a biological way out, just like when we are faced with temptations God has given us a spiritual way out through prayer and the reading of His word. Can you adapt when times get tough like the Wood Frog?
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