Made by God
Sara and I visited a remarkably well-stocked greenhouse in Deep East Texas. As we moved slowly down the narrow aisles between the pots and hanging baskets, it occurred to me how many different kinds of plants God has made!
We saw aloe vera, orchid, violets, airplane plant, corn plant, hen and chickens, Mexican heather, impatiens, begonia, ornamental pepper, bromeliad, bamboo, maidenhair fern, asparagus fern, rabbit’s foot fern, Swedish ivy, rubber plant, a wide variety of cacti, and on and on.
In spite of this impressive array, the foliage we saw was only a small sample of the thousands upon thousands of botanical species God has made.
“Then God said, ‘Let the earth sprout vegetation: plants yielding seed, and fruit trees on the earth bearing fruit after their kind with seed in them’; and it was so. The earth brought forth vegetation, plants yielding seed after their kind, and trees bearing fruit with seed in them, after their kind; and God saw that it was good” (Genesis 1:11-12).
It is still good! Plants beautify our world and cleanse the atmosphere. From far and wide our supermarkets import fresh produce to grace our tables. And trees are transformed into houses and furniture.
Praise to God
Jesus often drew spiritual lessons from the world of horticulture: wheat and thorns, vine and fig tree, lilies and grass. The Bible is a veritable greenhouse, with abundant references to plants, all the way from the small garden herbs, mint and cummin, to the mighty cedars of Lebanon and the oaks of Bashan.
“Let them praises give Jehovah,/For His name alone is high,/And His glory is exalted,/Far above the earth and sky” (“Hallelujah, Praise Jehovah!” by Wm. J. Kirkpatrick, based on Psalm 148).
Just as the starry heavens speak of God’s glory (Psalm 19:1), likewise the marvels of the plant kingdom demonstrate the wisdom of the One who made us all.
Scripture quotations taken from the NASB: http://www.lockman.org/
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