Seeds may be dropped into the ground upside down or sideways, yet the plants come up to the surface. One grain of corn will produce a stalk on which there may be two ears, with perhaps 742 grains on each ear. A light crop of wheat will produce approximately thirty grains on each stalk; a good crop of wheat will produce approximately sixty grains on each stalk. There will always be an even number of grains.
Beans grow up a pole from left to right, while the morning glory grows up a pole from right to left. If turned upside down, “twining” plants will uncoil and recircle their support. Guide a twiner in the “wrong” direction, and the plant will rewind itself. The higher a twiner grows, the more tightly it clasps its support.1
The dandelion will grow above its surroundings whether the grass be two, ten, or twenty inches,2 for it must get up into the sunlight. An ordinary watermelon will have ten stripes on it. Larger ones may have twelve to sixteen stripes, but always an even number.
Every form of life in the vegetable and animal kingdom has a predetermined set of characteristics, a master plan perfect in every detail . . . God’s plan. God has a perfect plan for my life and yours, which supplies all our needs—His Word (2 Peter 1:3). By His grace, we receive strength to rise above all our circumstances (Romans 8:31).
How wonderful to witness His majesty in the changing seasons!
1 Brooklyn Botanical Garden.
2 After 24 inches, the weight of the flower causes the stalk to bend.
“Then God saw everything that He had made, and indeed it was very good.”
GENESIS 1:31; cf. 1:11, 12, 21, 24, 25; ISAIAH 40:28; PSALM 104:24; EPHESIANS 3:10