Just back from a morning stroll around the Royal Botanical Gardens in Kew, London, with wife Hazel and daughter Rebekah.
There were many wonderful highlights to survey in its sprawling acres - the Palm House by the lake, the Temperate House, and the numerous species of Nymphaea, or waterlilies, with all their amazing colors.
I also love the lily pads - I can't believe they aren't handmade - perhaps that's because these huge green, quiche-dish, floaters were made by God through His Son's fingers.
Best of all - I agree with Rebekah on this - was the Cactus house, more formally known as the Princess of Wales Exhibit, named in honor of now deceased Diana...
There were dozens, if not hundreds, of varieties of plants - many of them quite different in height, size, shape, flower or color - in this modern, glass-domed, building, with feature bridges and waterfalls, but all these alternative exhibits all belonged to the cactus genus.
It turned my mind to the truth - to Moses opening entry in Genesis, where the account of Creation is given "each according to its kind." There were similarities of course - all had seed, thick skin, flowers and needles, with each sort adapted to an inhospitable desert environment. Yet, this trip to survey the vegetation of the Mohave and the Sahara called loudly to my heart of the infinite wisdom, power, goodness and glory of Christ.
My knowledge of Mendelian Genetics is now limited to genes, alleles, genotypes and phenotypes - yet one can only bow in worship at the prickly diversity God has perpetuated from the single original species. "May the glory of the Lord endure forever" for He continues "to rejoice in the work of His hands." This day that He has made, is one to gladden hearts, and join in choirs of praise to the LORD who made them all to display the beauty of His Son.