Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Jewel # 202 (Jan. 21, 2015)

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Carson holding a Hermit Crab in the Bahamas a few days ago.

“And they shall be Mine, saith the Lord
of hosts, in that day when I
make up MY JEWELS.”
(Malachi 3:17)


To my dear grandchildren 

“Thou art worthy , O Lord, to receive glory and honour and power:
for Thou hast created all things, and for Thy pleasure they
are and were created.”
(Revelation 4:11)

Millions of Crabs

There are about 4,500 different kinds of saltwater, fresh water and land crabs.  All have flat bodies covered by hard shells, eyestalks, and five pairs of legs covered with pointed shells.  The two front legs are usually equipped with toothed pincers.  Crabs that swim have flattened hind legs that work like paddles.  If a crab losses its claw, the claw grows back. 

Hermit crabs use all kinds of empty shells for their homes.  They sometimes carry poisonous sea anemones on their backs as protection from enemies.  The anemone shares the crab’s food by reaching its tentacles into the crab’s mouth when it is feeding.  Its poison normally would kill the crab, but when they live together it does not harm the crab.  Only God could make this possible!

In somewhat the same way the cowboy crab of Hawaii carries an anemone in each of its two front claws to frighten its enemies.  It often joins the anemones in eating the food killed by their poison.

One called the sponge crab cuts out a piece of sponge just the right size and places it over its back as a disguise.  It uses a special pair of legs God gave it for this clever trick.

Mole crabs bury themselves in the sand, leaving only their mouth parts and eyestalks exposed.  Large numbers of them live together catching food this way from outgoing waves.

Ghost crabs, the colour of sand, blend with the seashore and live in burrows on the beach.  They leave their burrows at night to explore for food and scurry back at dawn.  Hiding in their burrows for the day, they close the openings behind them so cleverly that no one would guess they were there.  During summer they store food for use when going underground in the fall.  They do not appear again until spring and come out dressed in new shells.

Land crabs in the Samoan Islands live among rocks in the hills.  Every October and November, exactly four days before the last quarter of the new moon, they travel down to the ocean in great numbers.  Instead of going around rocks, tree stumps, and even houses, they march in a straight line, crawling right over them.

Do you think the Lord their Creator, cares about crabs?  We know He does for the Bible tells us “all things were created by Him, and for Him: and He is before  all things, and by Him all things are provided for” (Colossians 1:16-17).

He also has created you and me, and His care and love are over us at all times.  He invites us to learn about Himself through His holy Word, the Bible, and accept His Son, Jesus Christ, as our Saviour.  Have you obeyed the Bible verse that says, “Remember now thy Creator in the days of thy youth” (Ecclesiastes 12:1)?  

Love you all,
Grandpa

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