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"'Because he loves me,' says the Lord, 'I will rescue him; I will protect him, for he acknowledges my name. He will call on me, and I will answer him; I will be with him in trouble, I will deliver him and honor him.'" Psalm 91:14-15 (NKJV)

This is the Yellow Stingray, a species of benthic ray found locally in South Florida. The term benthic refers to the seafloor so this is a species that lives and feeds close to the ocean floor. A relatively small species, it only grows up to approximately 26 inches long. These stingrays are masters of camouflage not only because their mottled coloration easily blends with a sandy substrate but also because they commonly bury themselves in the sand. It takes a watchful eye to spot one of these guys! Although they do have a stinging barb on their tails capable of injecting venom, these stingrays are not considered dangerous to humans as it is only used as a defensive mechanism. These rays are also a wonderful picture of God's protective nature. Just as He designs animals to be able to protect themselves, so He also promises to protect His children. 

Christa Jewett