AMAZ­ING FACTS DEVOTIONAL Frozen Snakes

Palawan Daily News - - Editorial -

We all know that when hu­mans and other mam­mals freeze, it re­sults in frost­bite or death, but God has given some species of snakes and frogs, which live in very cold cli­mates, the abil­ity to sur­vive be­ing frozen! This ca­pac­ity is not fully un­der­stood but is achieved by two pos­si­ble mech­a­nisms. One is called “freez­ing tol­er­ance” where the body is able to sur­vive freez­ing and the de­struc­tive ice for­ma­tion in tis­sue cells fol­lowed by thaw­ing. This is very rare. The other more com­mon con­di­tion is “freeze avoid­ance” or “su­per­cool­ing.” In this process, the body con­tains sub­stances such as glyc­erol which acts like a nat­u­ral an­tifreeze and pre­vents ice for­ma­tion in tis­sue cells.

For in­stance, be­low frozen lakes and ponds, painted tur­tles can stay sub­merged and mo­tion­less for as long as three months, but they never ac­tu­ally freeze. It’s still a mys­tery how they can sur­vive in this state of sus­pended an­i­ma­tion for so long with zero blood oxy­gen! Hu­mans, by con­trast, be­gin to suf­fer ir­re­versible nerve dam­age if oxy­gen to the brain

is cut off for more than four min­utes. Freez­ing will kill many cold-blooded species. But there are some am­phib­ians and rep­tiles that hi­ber­nate at or near the soil sur­face where tem­per­a­tures can drop sub­stan­tially be­low the freez­ing point of their body flu­ids. These crea­tures have the amaz­ing abil­ity to en­dure the freez­ing of wa­ter in ex­tra­cel­lu­lar body

compartments. In fact, among some frogs, as much as 65% of their to­tal body wa­ter may be con­verted to ice. In this state, they can sur­vive days or weeks of sub-zero con­di­tions. When the spring thaw comes, the spark of life ac­ti­vates their mus­cles and they ap­pear to re­turn to life as if res­ur­rected.

Since God can de­sign cells that sur­vive freez­ing, it’s eas­ier to be­lieve He can order the mol­e­cules of a dead body to be re­con­sti­tuted. Mil­lions find it dif­fi­cult to be­lieve in the res­ur­rec­tion. But if you know the power of God in your own life, if you have ex­pe­ri­enced His re-cre­ative power in your heart, you will be con­vinced that He truly is the giver of life.

KEY BI­BLE TEXTS

And when he thus had spo­ken, he cried with a loud voice, Lazarus, come forth. John 11:43And he that was dead came forth, bound hand and foot with grave­clothes: and his face was bound about with a nap­kin. Je­sus saith unto them, Loose him, and let him go. John 11:44

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