We all know that flowers come in all colors of the rainbow. But what I didn’t know, till our vacation in California in May 2017, was that they come in black too.
The first ones that I saw blew me away. Are they for real? I wondered, almost shaking with excitement. This is one of them, blooming gloriously in the garden of the San Diego de Alcala Mission.
And then I saw many more, in different varieties, in other places, too. That surprised me even more.
Yes, grace comes in all colors, and black is the presence of all colors.
Like a desert needing water, I read up voraciously on black flowers for almost half a day and found that there are indeed more than a dozen kinds, most—if not all—of which are found in California.
There are many things science already knows about flora, but I am sure there are many, many more undiscovered, unstudied, and unnamed.
“How great are your works, LORD, how profound your thoughts!” Psalm 92:5 (NIV)
As I contemplated the unusual black flowers, I stumbled upon . . . lantern flowers!
Whoever invented the lantern took inspiration from these flowers.
It has always been conclusive, beyond reasonable doubt, that all inventions of man have been copied from God’s creation.
Nothing made by man is original. Putting it another way, no invention by man on earth has been created from nothing.