Friday, August 15, 2014

POTM...*: Camo'd

(*Photo[s] of the Month)

I am not certain if these are all the same species of spider or not, but I think they are -- they’re some kind of crab spider. (Click on any photo to see it enlarged.) Intriguing little guys, we find them all over the northwoods; in fact, we also often find them all over our four-wheeler after we have quadded through old trails overgrown with long grasses and wildflowers!

Note their uncanny ability to adjust their color to their surroundings. There’s a yellow one on a Black-Eyed Susan, a
purple one on a Violet, and one on a Milkweed blossom that has even adjusted itself to pick up two colors, both the blossom’s whites and its pinks. Amazing… Looks like they do whatever it takes to get the job done more effectively. Once again, I’d love to hear from my entomologist friends about these fine critters, their habits, and the varieties of colors into which they can alter themselves.

Camouflage is an interesting subject to be written on some
time. But today, with these photos of the month, I am simply thinking about one positive correlation. The Apostle Paul noted that he had become “…all things to all men that by all means (he) might save some… (1 Corinthians 9:22)” If you read the whole passage (9:19-23), you’ll see that it’s about understanding others’ worldviews and perspectives so that we might impact them with the truth and beauty of the Good News of Jesus. 

What ‘color’ do I need to be to best do that? What perspective do I need to better understand in order to be a more effective witness to God?

~~RGM, August 14, 2014

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