John W. Patterson

On the 8th day

By John W. Patterson

(from an idea by Bethany Patterson)

Norm Reynolds held the frog in his gloved hand
and looked at it closely. As he turned it over
to look at the abdomen a strange wind whipped
the treetops and a myriad of canopy life began
to rain down. Norm chuckled as hundreds of
little frogs fell all about him -- the one in
his hand jumping away. Instead of the one new
species found and now escaping, dozens of
other species were leaping off into the
undergrowth. He reached for his net and tried
to catch them and then hesitated. One of the
frogs, on a leaf near his face, was 
completely transparent and oddly inchoate. He
froze and watched internal organs form and the
eyes took on shape and substance. Then 
pigmentation spread across the 2-centimeter
long body. And it began to breathe, blinked at
him and then bounded off into thick foliage. 

What was that? Norm stood transfixed and
looked around for other similar frogs and
then looked up at the sky, the canopy now
still with an odd light filtering through.
What had he just witnessed here in the depths
of the Amazonian rain forest? What would he
say to his research partners? How could he
report watching a frog doing that -- whatever
that was? And just what was the process he
had witnessed. It was as if the frog just
appeared ex nihlo, on that leaf -- a
spontaneous creation. Norm headed back to the
trail -- questioning his own reality check.

And Elohim stood nearby silently watching his
new frogs at play. And it was good, very good.


" . . . existence hinges on the reality that
God continues to create it . . ."

~ from The Doctrine of Continuous Creation
by C. Matthew McMahon 


Scriptural references:

John 5:17 "But Jesus answered them, "My Father
has been working until now, and I have been working."

Acts 17:28 "For in him we live and move and
have our being." As some of your own poets have said,
"We are his offspring."

Colossian 1:17 He is before all things, and in him
all things hold together.

Hebrews 1:3 The Son is the radiance of God's glory
and the exact representation of his being, sustaining
all things by his powerful word. After he had provided
purification for sins, he sat down at the right hand
of the Majesty in heaven.

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