Peek-a-Boo! God and The Bornean Rainbow Toad

Wrap your mind around this (can you see it?).  It’s a Bornean Rainbow Toad.


God, in His infinite wisdom and creativity, designed a panoply of creatures so diverse, so fantastic, so colorful, so… well, so HUNGRY.

And because no one—not even a lowly amphibian—likes to be someone else’s lunch, God thought up a bunch of cool ways to hide. It’s called “cryptic camouflage” and it allows a toad or a moth or a caterpillar to blend into the environment so well that a hawk or a sand crane is unlikely to see it and think “Dinner!”

Scientists recently discovered and photographed the Bornean Rainbow Toad, a species long thought to be extinct.  I was charmed by its weird beauty and so want to show you just a few more examples of God’s handiwork, some of the winners in the “hide from the enemy” category.

The Walking Stick is a favorite at my house.  The 4″- or 5″-long brown stick-like insects drop from the trees and fall onto our house.  Children giggle.  Old people gawk.

The Flounder is not one I’ve seen personally—but check out how this guy plays on the rocks with his Invisibility Shield.

The Gumleaf Grasshopper looks like dry, dead leaves on the forest floor:

Isn’t God, too, wearing camouflage? He’s in all of His creation—so there he is, in the Rainbow Toad and in the birds and the trees and the mountains and the seas.  He’s there is all the people—fat and skinny, short and tall—out buying hot dogs and beer at the convenience store this afternoon.

Can you see Him?

  • Stephen Sparrow

    Many years ago I remember a lady visitor having a large 8 inch long green Walking Stick placed on her shoulder – she being unaware of it kept brushing her ear with her hand because this harmless critter wanted to crawl up the side of her head. When eventually she turned to look we thought she was going to pass out – no I didn’t put it there

    • Kathy Schiffer

      Yikes, Stephen, that little joke might have brought on a cardiac arrest! they are cool little critters, though, aren’t they?

  • Johanne Newell

    God was working overtime with the flounder. From the pic, you can see that fish appears to be horizontally flat, while most fish are sort of vertically flat. Here’s a link that explains it nicely:

    http://www.bing.com/images/search?q=flounder+life+cycle&view=detail&id=3AD28D767164C37C76C40FF2720A0CA0FECDB0C8&qpvt=flounder+life+cycle

    “Flounders are born ( or hatched ) with one eye on either side of their head, like any normal fish. However, during the course of early development, one eye migrates over the top of the head to the other side, twisting the skull in the process. As this happens, the fish changes from an upright-swimming planktonic larva to a juvenile that lies on one side when it settles to the bottom. The upper side of the fish retains normal coloration, while the lower side becomes white.”
    Now, how cool is that!?

  • Chris McKenna

    Doesn’t saying that “God is in His creation” smack just a little too much of pantheism? Isn’t it more nearly correct to say that “evidence of God is in His creation?”

    • Scott

      I think what was originally stated was correct, although your interpretation is correct as well. Monotheists may say “God is in creation,” whereas pantheists would say “God IS creation.” Just that one word can make a big difference.

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  • http://none sky

    Yes, God is in all His creation. In fact, St. Thomas explains in his theology that for any creature to exist at all, God must be substantially in the creature. This is a great, profound thought, and its truth, if twisted, leads to pantheism.

  • Shamrock

    T o say God is in His creation “smacks of Pantheism”? At first glance. However, I think all artists are in
    a sense in their creation. When we get to know an artist’ work really well, we seem to be able to identify
    his work readily. For example, Monet comes to mind the minute you see his work as with Gaugin, and others.
    So to say that God, the Creationist, the Supreme Artist, is in His works, becomes clearly not Pantheism, but
    rather a universal Truth.