The translucent skin of this glass frog reveals eggs waiting to be hatched. Photo courtesy of Earth.com

Faith & Inspiration

By Charles Towne

Language is fascinating, isn’t it? Take the word translucent for example, or hyaline; both are Latin in their origin, and they have roughly the same meaning.

When considering the glass frog one will soon notice that this creature has translucent skin, and please don’t ask me why; they just do. Which is quite a fascinating adaptation, if I do say so myself.

The glass frog’s see-through skin – especially that covering the tummy area – gave me some pause as to what purpose it might serve. Perhaps God is just trying to make us think, so think we shall!

Say you have the opportunity to catch and gently hold a glass frog. Hold it – him or her – up and check out it’s tummy. If you are like me, you will be fascinated to note the internal organs doing their thing, or things… whatever that thing may be! Yes, the skin is really see-through! And there you will note the heart – that marvelous organ! – pumping away, propelling blood to all that needs it for survival.

But why? Why is it see-through?!

Is it by accident? Or… could the designer have had a profound purpose?

What if we were built in such a way that God could see our hearts pumping away? Or, what about our thoughts? Yikes! Wouldn’t it be something, even embarrassing, if others could see what we were thinking?!

Imagine: you are talking to the pastor after church and he asks you, “Well, how did you like my sermon?”  And with little or no pause you think, “Well pastor, to be honest, as a preacher you would make a better dog catcher!” Or: the newlyweds approach with their new baby and you think, “Nine months? Heck, more like five, if you ask me!” Or: that new family that has the kid with really big ears is there and you think, “Please Lord, shrink the kids ears before he flies away!”

Could create some issues I would say! But then, Papa God already knows our thoughts, doesn’t He?

So what am I saying?

Just this: I think it is better that you can see the glass frog’s heart than mine, you reckon?

Please Papa God, help me to think of the consequences of my words. Help me so that others can see Jesus working in me. Praise you Father! In Jesus’ name I ask it, Amen


Charles Towne is first and foremost a Christian. An octogenarian, author, journalist, wildlife photographer, naturalist, caregiver, and survivor, his life has been and continues to be, a never-ending adventure filled with possibilities never imagined. He has adopted the philosophy that to Live fully, laugh uproariously, love passionately, and learn like there is no tomorrow, is a formula for a long and joy-filled life.

21 COMMENTS

  1. Yes indeed…so glad my thoughts are not translucent!
    What a fascinating little creature. Now I am intrigued and searching for more info on this little wonder.

  2. NH, we have the glass frogs here in Florida! Not the one in the picture. What a wonder they are. I have always been fascinated by these little cuties. Some folks wonder where they can be found and I have to say, you find them where they are. Marshy land that remains wet is likely habitat. Enjoy! Chaz

  3. Well now, that was an interesting story! I have never heard of Glass frogs…..didn’t know they existed.
    Yes, what a situation that would be if others could read our minds and see our thoughts! YIKES!!
    Nothing would be a secret anymore and we may not even have friends any longer. It’s a good idea to keep in mind, even if only to keep our thoughts in line with where they should be!
    Thanks Chuck, for the reminder.
    God bless you!

  4. Matters not what other people think of our inner thoughts as they know not what our thoughts are. However, to God we are just like the glass frog and he sees all so we need to be prepared to answer for our not so nice thoughts. On a side note, there are probably no jumping glass frogs as landings could be disastrous.

    • Mike McFadden, I am sure you are right Mike, but then, how do they get from here to there? Bless you little children muchly, Chaz

  5. CSG, yes, but it is even more urgent that we remember that our Holy God knows it all! Let the words of my mouth and the meditations of my heart, be acceptable in YOUR sight, O Lord, my strength and my redeemer. Boy, it gives us something to contemplate doesn’t it? Bless you dear friend, Chaz

  6. Some thoughts are visible and can be seen by looking at the windows of the soul.

    “People often call eyes the windows to the soul. But what exactly do we see when we gaze into the eyes of another person? In fact, the eyes do provide lots of information about another person’s emotional state.

    When people are sad or worried, they furrow their brow, which makes the eyes look smaller. Yet when people are cheerful, we correctly call them “bright-eyed.” That’s because people raise their eyebrows when they’re happy, making the eyes look bigger and brighter.” –
    Psychology Today https://www.google.com/search?q=windows%20of%20the%20soul

  7. Ed Green, good observation my friend! Papa God can see our innermost thoughts, He knows us from our very beginning. We, as we are, cannot know the suffering of another soul, but the Father knows doesn’t he? God bless you and yours Ed, Chaz

  8. I love the awesomeness and diversity of creation! It constantly woos us to get to know the Creator who designed it! And I am thankful He is merciful and never stops working on US!

    • Dear Sissy, I guess that some of the great love and appreciation I have for nature rubbed off on you didn’t it? Bless you and your precious family honey, Your papa, Chaz

  9. I thought for a moment you were talking about the “frog” that a florist uses to make floral arrangements. And, I never knew that Florida had a frog that you could see what it looked like inside it’s body! Now that I don’t live in Florida I guess I will never get to see one of God’s amazing frogs! Maybe when we get to heaven we will get a second chance to see some of God’s amazing creations,

  10. Charlie, where do you get your wonderful ideas for the articles that you write every week. Their breath is truly breathtaking. Thanks again for a few moments of vacation from every day normalcy.

  11. Herbert Weisman, can you imagine yourself asking God how He could possibly come up with the wonderful ideas that sparked creation? The human mind is a mere fragment of His! Bless you my friend, Chaz

  12. I absolutely love this. This is so beautiful and really gets you thinking. Charles, you are an incredible and magnificent individual. We are so blessed to have you.

    Maya and Leo

  13. Charles, we love this. It’s soooooo very true. We, in our human nature, will say and think things that unless we receive the purifying influence of Christ our Creator, the One who reads the soul, there will never be a change in character. We will go along opaque and false, but the Glass Frog is indeed a teacher in nature. Thanks for sharing this.
    Jimmie and Mignon

  14. Jimmie and Mignon, yes dear friends, let us be transparent to Him! He know our every thought, our every dream, our every desire! Let us reach the heights of His purpose and desire for our lives. Bless you both, Chaz

  15. Little Bro … First of All, Marvelous creation from GOD !!! Who else !!! !!! And then your story make me reflex about being glass frog as well as our first encounter … Spontaneous, Casual, Brothers, etc., etc., etc. We’d be as GODS’ followers : transparent, honest, HUMBLE … GOD Bless YoU my Dear and Unvalued Charles

  16. Hola Charles! Me gustan mucho tus historias, siempre nos dejan una enseñanza, en este caso me parece haber visto alguna vez en libros la rana de cristal, aunque nunca me planteé esa reflexión que tú citas de hacernos transparentes.
    Una vez leí algo muy hermoso con respecto a tu idea y relacionada con nuestro querido Padre Dios, y decía que debíamos intentar anular nuestras pretensiones y nuestro ego, y vivir de la manera más sencilla, siendo humildes y agradecidos para que así se pudiera ver a través de nosotros la Obra de Dios.
    Recibe un fuerte abrazo con mucho cariño.

  17. Hi Charles! I really like your stories, they always leave us a lesson, in this case I seem to have ever seen the glass frog in books, although I never considered that reflection that you mention to make us transparent.
    Once I read something very beautiful regarding your idea and related to our dear Father God, and it said that we should try to nullify our claims and our ego, and live in the simplest way, being humble and grateful so that we could see through us the Work of God.
    Receive a big hug with love.

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