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NOVEMBER 16 ~ ~ Genesis 2:8 ~ ~ “The Lord God planted a garden eastward in Eden, and there He put the man whom He had formed.”

When they flower, some plants actually generate their own heat. The Wild Cabbage does this, and also the voodoo lily. This flower can raise its temperature by 25 degrees. As it does so, it releases a scent that attracts the beetles that pollinate it.

When the voodoo lily generates heat, it burns starch in a way similar to our own bodies. Scientists weren’t sure how voodoo lilies generated their heat and scent until only a couple decades ago. Once they unraveled the complex chemical reactions going on within the plant, they found unexpected surprises. They discovered that a component of aspirin is responsible for raising the lily’s temperature. They remain puzzled about why salicylic acid should lower our temperature, yet raise the temperature of the plant.

Scientists were also amazed when they discovered how many separate complex chemical reactions take place to produce a chemical symphony that helps the lily reproduce. Not only does the lily make its own aspirin, it also makes the same chemicals that are found in the rotting meat that its pollinator beetles feed on. The rising temperature of the plant evaporates the chemicals, creating a scent that attracts the beetles. As the beetles look for food in the flower, they become covered with pollen, which will be delivered to the next lily they visit.

The voodoo lily is an example of how, even in the plant kingdom, there is no such thing as a simple life form. As this plant duplicates several of the processes taking place in animals, we see that all life was created at about the same time by one Designer!

It’s easy to see that the Creator of all things, and the Great Provider, Jehovah Jireh, has, and will continue, to provide everything we need, as we look to Him.

Psalm 68:5 ~ ~ “A father of the fatherless, a defender of widows, Is God in His holy habitation.”

Ps 84:11 ~ ~ “For the Lord God is a sun and shield;
The Lord bestows grace and favor and honor;
No good thing will He withhold from those who walk uprightly.”

Psalm 40:17 ~ ~ “Even though I am afflicted and needy,
Still the Lord takes thought and is mindful of me.
You are my help and my rescuer. Oh my God, do not delay.”

Ps 37:25-26 ~ ~ “I have been young and now I am old,
Yet I have not seen the righteous (those in right standing with God) abandoned
Or his descendants pleading for bread. 
All day long he is gracious and lends,
And his descendants are a blessing.”

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