Meet the Amazing Penguin

viaadmin Children's Feature, Volume 43

I can drink sea water and stay warm in very cold harsh environments. I am a special bird, an emperor penguin.

I have four layers of feathers that protect me from the wind and help keep me waterproof. When the Antarctic winds are blowing their coldest, I keep warm with the large amount of fat that insulates my body. This fat also serves as a long-lasting energy source. I know how to cooperate with my fellow penguins. We huddle in a big group, sometimes as many as 5000 of us, sharing heat. We take our turn braving the wind at the outside of the group, knowing that soon we will be toasty warm tucked in the middle of all the bodies.

I am special because unlike most birds that have hollow bones, making them lighter for flying, I have heavy bones to help me to dive under the water. My Master Designer gave me a streamlined body and wings or flippers that help me shoot through the ocean quickly so that I can catch my dinner.

I am white on the front and black on the back. This helps me to hide in the water. Creatures swimming underneath me look up to where the sun shines on the water and they can’t spot me. Looking from above, I am dark like the ocean depths.

I am uniquely designed to process salt water. I have a special gland that filters out the salt that I don’t need. The salt is mixed with a small amount of moisture which drips down my beak. I can then sneeze it off.

When the sun is shining brightly, I may feel too warm. My Creator made me so that I can raise my feathers a little to allow the extra heat to escape. I can also hold out my wings which have many tiny blood vessels close to the skin. When I hold them out, air can move across these vessels and cool me down.

Creatures like me don’t just happen. They are planned with precision by a very orderly, intelligent Designer. The Bible tells us that, “All things were made through Him (Jesus Christ), and without Him nothing was made that was made” (John 1:3).

The Lord Jesus Christ designed a way for me to live in the icy cold. He also designed a way for you to live as part of God’s family. He knew that there was no way you could make yourself good enough to be in His family. The Bible tells us that, “All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23). You can become a child of God because the Lord Jesus came to earth and took the blame for your sins. He died on the cross and rose from the dead so that when you trust Him, you become one of God’s children forever. You can read the promise in John 1:12, “But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, to those who believe in His name”. Won’t you believe in Christ today?

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