Friday, August 31, 2018

Outdoor Object Lesson 74: A Home Fit For A Frog

Key Text

"The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want." Psalm 23:1 (KJV)


Frogs are odd creatures if you stop to think about them. They have big bulging eyes. They croak loudly to communicate. They are nocturnal. They get around by hopping. They have extremely long tongues. Frogs are amphibians born like fish in the water but live as adults out of the water. Tree frogs are especially unique creatures who can live while on land, under water, or all the way up in a tree.

They are able to live underwater by “breathing” through their skin (in actuality they absorb oxygen through their skin). They can also live on land or in trees. Have you ever wondered how they are able to climb trees with those big toes? They have a special toe shaped like a hook that allows them to climb up the tree bark without sliding. This toe is called a terminal phalanx. Tree frogs are also generally small compared to other frog species which enables them to sit on small leaves and branches.

This is one of the only animals that is at home in all three environments, trees, land, and water. The ability to live in various environments has helped them to spread all around the world. Over 800 different species can be found on every continent except Antarctica.1

Like tree frogs, humans are good at living in many different environments. We can live where it’s cold and icy or in the hot tropical jungle. Through technology, we have designed ways to stay alive under water and even in outer space. We may find ourselves in places that are foreign or even scary to us. God is able to care for the tree frog whether in the lofty tree, or below the murky water. God promises that no mater where we are he his able to take care of us and provide for our needs so that we lack nothing.

Do you think frogs are cute?
What does the key text mean when it says "I shall not want?"
What can you do when you feel God has left you hanging?
What is a Bible promise that gives you hope?

Written by David F. Garner
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