Red Efts, Green Newts, and God’s Stuff

The red eft–the only land animal I can think of that has vermilion as its color.

I am not going to write about current events today. Nope, I won’t do it. Our national leaders are going to Hell and no two ways about it, and anyone who wants to follow them will be sorry.

Behold the red eft. Is that gorgeous, or what? I mean, how many times do you see the color vermilion in a land animal?

But won’t that bright color make them kind of easy for predators to see and catch? No way. That color challenges a predator: “Do you feel lucky, punk?” For the red efts skin is full of toxins. The brilliant color is a warning light. “If you eat me, you will die a horrible death.”

Red efts don’t stay red forever. What they are, really, is juvenile newts. They live on land, but they grow up into water-dwelling common newts, which are really quite handsome in their own right: green with red spots on top, yellow with black spots on the bottom.

Red efts and green newts belong to that category known as God’s stuff. That’s the stuff that always works the way it’s supposed to. It works perfectly, and most of it is beautiful.

There is more life to be found in a small bucket of earth, or sea water, than we have been able to detect in all the rest of the universe. Which is not to say there is no life anywhere else in the universe: it’s God’s universe, and He can do what He pleases with it.

But we would be wise to be more thankful for what we have immediately at hand.

5 comments on “Red Efts, Green Newts, and God’s Stuff

  1. It is all too easy to focus on the horrible things Satan is doing in the world, even to our own self-destruction (which is probably just the way he likes it). Sometimes we need just to take a step back and focus instead on all the beautiful, mysterious wonders God gave us to enjoy on this earth. This is certainly one of them. Thank you for sharing!

  2. You hit it right on the head. While the search for life on other planets continues, there’s more than abundant life right here, including a newt that is strikingly beautiful.

  3. Such a beautiful creature! I do have a question for you, Mr. Nature. Since the red eft is toxic while it is red, is it also toxic when its color changes a an adult? God’s stuff is always a treasure.

  4. My high school girlfriend’s successful dad in the real estate business once saw tap water under a microscope and then never drank water from the tap ever again – too many organisms swimming around in it, like 10 million bacteria in a glass of water.

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