Behold, the beauty and brawn of my latest realization of God’s amazing creation! I present for your edification, fascination, and inspection, the mighty tardigrade. Whatever this tiny creature may lack in size, it more than makes up for in terms of its remarkable survival skills! The tardigrade (also known as the “water bear” or “moss piglet”) may be only 0.002 to 0.05 inches long, but it can survive in almost any environment, although they are most commonly found on the bottom of lakes.
Unfazed by flames, and undaunted by ice, these incredibly resilient creatures are able to withstand heat of over 300 degrees Fahrenheit, and are also able to stay alive even at temperatures of -328 degrees F!
One of the secrets to the moss piglet’s insane resistance to harm is its ability to retract its head and legs and curl itself up into a dehydrated ball. While in this state, known as cryptobiosis, the tardigrade uses less than 1% of its normal energy and produces special proteins and sugars which provide extra protection for its vital organs.
When the danger has passed, the tardigrade is able to revive itself upon exposure to water. But just how long is the tardigrade able to wait for such conditions? In one experiment, scientists were able to revive a tardigrade which had been frozen in a state of cryptobiosis for over 30 years!
Other characteristics of the moss piglet include the ability to survive in the vacuum of space, as well as resisting exposure to dangerous levels of radiation!
We may not be microscopic super-creatures, but God still promises to sustain and provide for us no matter what challenges we may face. Even when help seems far off, God is faithful to redeem and restore those who place their trust in Him.
"I wait for the Lord, my soul waits,
And in His word I do hope."