Friday, July 28, 2017

Jewel # 292 (July 26, 2017)

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“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

Some Unusual Frogs

“The works of the Lord are great, sought out of all them that have pleasure therein."
(Psalm 111:2)

There are thousands of kinds of frogs.  The tiniest one, a tree-dweller, is less than half an inch long.  The largest frog in the world is the giant frog of Queensland, Australia, which is almost 12 inches long.  It is so huge that it can swallow a rat!  The largest frog in North America is the bull frog, which is more than 6 inches long.  It can stay underwater a long time by absorbing oxygen from the water through its skin.

Tree frogs have suction cups on their toes which are moistened with a sticky substance.  One kind of tree frog in the tropics is so well camouflaged that it is almost impossible to distinguish it from the leaves.  It lives in the tops of tall trees and never comes to the ground.  These frogs are clever builders!  They cement leaves together to collect pools of rainwater in which they lay their eggs.

The four-inch, green Bornean flying frog has skin between its toes that stretches out, enabling it to make long, parachute-like leaps.

Most frogs dig with their front feet, but the European spadefoot digs with specially designed back feet.  If in danger, it will quickly disappear backwards into a hole it has dug.

The female pouched tree frog has pouches on her back.  She lays about a dozen eggs at a time.  The male picks up these eggs with his hind feet and places them in these pouches, where they remain until they hatch as tadpoles.

In another species, the male takes on the responsibility of hatching the eggs.  As the eggs are laid by the female, he swallows them.  The eggs pass into a special pouch in his throat.  They incubate there until they hatch and swim out of the father’s mouth.

The male midwife frog takes care of eggs in another way.  He takes the eggs from the female, wraps them around his hind legs, then scoops a hole in the mud where he waits while they incubate.  After a few weeks, he jumps into the water with the eggs still wrapped around his legs.  The force of the water breaks open the eggs, and the tadpoles swim out.

The Lord was pleased to create such an interesting variety of frogs, and we know He takes care of them day by day.  But for men, women, boys and girls who know Him as their Saviour, His care is even greater.  It was shown in the great love that led Him to die on Calvary to save them from their sins.  He tells them, “I will instruct thee and teach thee in the way which thou shalt go: I will guide thee with Mine eye” (Psalm 32:8).

Have you put your trust in Him? and do you now ask Him
to be your guide through life?

Love you all -Grandpa    

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