Keep An Eye Out For Box Turtles!

I've been seeing several box turtles lately on the highway and busier streets that border wooded areas.  The mild weather has them out moving around foraging as well as looking for winter hibernaculums.  If you see one of these gems please remember that they are in decline due to habitat loss and could really use your help across busy streets.  Remember to move them in the direction they are traveling and DO NOT take them down the road to what you consider a better place, these guys have a very small home range and even a few miles down the road could disorient a box turtle enough to cause them harm.  Always put your safety first and only move a turtle if you can do so safely.

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Can You Adapt When Times Get Tough?

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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Are You A New Creation?

Anyone that knows me knows that I am somewhat obsessed with frogs.  I mean what's not to love, they come in all colors, shapes and sizes and I love them all!  Did you know that toads are frogs too but frogs aren't toads, both are amphibians and you are too.  Sort of.  The life cycle of a frog starts out as an egg and that egg changes into a tadpole and then eventually the tadpole changes into a frog (or toad).  The cool thing is that during the transformation process the tadpole's gills turn to lungs, his tail is absorbed as arms and legs sprout and his solely aquatic existence suddenly changes to one more preferable for dwelling on land.  A tadpole pretty much looks, acts and operates more like a fish than a frog. For all practical purposes the tadpole turns into a completely new creation.  2 Corinthians 5:17 says "Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, He is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come!"  Just like a tadpole turns to a frog, you as a sinner turn into a redeemed creation, a new creation, when you accept Jesus Christ as your savior.  He makes you an entirely new thing.  Even though frogs and toads have to live near water to survive, if they tried to go back to living under water without coming up for air they would drown because they have been made into a new thing with lungs and not gills.  The same is true when we as believers try to go back to our old lives before being transformed into a new creation.  Since we all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God as it says in Romans 3:23 must be made into a new creation otherwise we will die in our sin.  Are you a new creation?