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Today's Creation Moment

Neumann Valley
Genesis 2:7-8
“And the LORD God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul. And the LORD God planted a...
Joachim Neumann was born in 1650 in Bremen, in what is today part of Germany. His father was a teacher of Latin. Joachim grew up in the Reformed Calvinist Church in Germany. At 16, he studied...

The Surprising Clownfish

Hebrews 4:16
Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.

The often beautiful, but always deadly sea anemone is basically a mouth and stomach, surrounded by grasping, stinging arms attached to the sea floor. When a passing fish brushes up against the arms, thousands of microscopic stinging cells in each arm fire, stunning him. Then the arms slowly start working the fish toward and into the anemone's mouth in the center of the arms.

It is this deadly environment that the clown fish calls home. The clown fish is so named for its bright colors, but the name could as well apply to many aspects of its lifestyle. The clown fish lives among the stinging arms of the anemone without harm because it coats itself with the same mucus that prevents the arms from stinging themselves. And of course, the arms provide the clown fish with a safe refuge from enemies.

Clown fish mate for life, each pair staking out its own anemone. Their offspring gradually begin to populate surrounding anemones. But if the female dies, the male will change into a female and seek a mate from among the oldest of its unmated male offspring.

Clearly the arrangement between the anemone and the clown fish was designed to be that way from the beginning. Those who think this arrangement evolved must invent an imaginative explanation of how the clown fish learned to protect itself from the stinging arms of the anemone. No, the wisdom and beauty of this relationship is characteristic of the Creator.

Dear Lord, I thank You for the great beauty which surrounds us in the creation every day. Let Your forgiving grace be my protection in my relationships with others. Amen.
Rotman, Jeffrey L. 1984. Living World. Science 84. p. 28