Red-Spotted Newt


Red-Spotted Newt

Isn’t he cute? We found this Red-Spotted Newt on the trail down from McAfee’s Knob this summer. I didn’t know it at the time, but this little guy is just a teenager (more properly called an eft)! These newts are hatched in the water much like frog tadpoles, breathing with gills and not having more than two front nubs for legs. They grow and develop, and go through a metamorphosis to become land creatures, where they will live for at least two years. After spending a few years on land, the eft goes through another metamorphosis and becomes an adult, losing the bright coloring (but keeping its red spots). The adult newt returns to the water, where it can live another 10 years or so!

I think as we go through life on this earth as believers in Christ, we are all in the eft stage. We are not what we were, as “anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person. The old life is gone; a new life has begun” (2 Corinthians 5)! At the same time, what we will be is not yet, but it’s coming!

…we will all be transformed! It will happen in a moment, in the blink of an eye, when the last trumpet sounds, those who have died will be raised to live forever. And we who are living will also be transformed. For our dying bodies must be transformed into immortal bodies (1 Corinthians 15:51-53).

The best is yet to come!

2 thoughts on “Teenagers!”

  1. We go through so many of these metamorphosis stages in life, from child to teen, from teen to young adult, from young adult to parent, from parent to grandparent. I used to look forward to catching up with life one day and feel truly prepared but now I realize that life never stops changing and I will never feel truly and fully prepared until I am up in Heaven one day.


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