TODAY’S SPECIAL: Psalm 104: 24-32
TO CHEW ON: "How many are your works, Lord! In wisdom you made them all; the earth is full of your creatures." Psalm 104:24
In the sea a dolphin sights a squid in the water above.
It races toward the yummy meal. But the squid sees the enemy coming. Immediately its body changes. It begins to glow and its shape disappears. To the dolphin looking up, all it now sees is the light filtering through the water from the surface.
Then the squid squirts ink-like dark fluid into the water. The dolphin thinks it has found the squid again. It darts toward the blob of ink while the squid speeds away.
The squid is one of a family of sea creatures which can camouflage its body when in danger. Another member of this family is the octopus which lives on the ocean floor. It can change the color and pattern of its body to exactly match the colors of its surroundings. In a sea full of enemies, the ability to blend is necessary for survival.
Of course there are millions more creatures in the sea, on land and in the air with abilities just as interesting. There are animals like porcupines which wear a prickly armor of quills to protect them from enemies.
There are insects like wasps and bees which sting anything that is a threat to them.
There are plants like poison ivy which look harmless but have a substance in their leaves and stems to make the skin of people that touch them painful, swollen and itchy.
Our creator God has thought up this amazing variety of ways that sea creatures, animals, insects and plants can live and survive. He has created on our earth the kind of food that each living creature needs. God has also made each creature in such a way that it can find that food and take it in. It’s mind-boggling, isn’t it!
PRAYER: Dear God, thank You for creating and keeping the earth and each creature on it. Amen.
SUPERSIZE IT: Creature Focus
Choose one sea creature, animal, bird, insect or plant. Find out, through books or the internet how God has created it to:
1. Find and eat its food _____
2. Avoid its enemies ________
3. Multiply __________