God’s Blessings, and Continuous Thanks

Angel Trumpet Plant

As with much in life, God has blessed this blog more than I expected. “I Was Thinking the Other Day About…” reached a couple of milestones over the weekend. It passed 50 followers (now at 53 – the number given in the right top of this screen includes Twitter and Facebook, not just specific blog followers) and has had over 3,000 views (3,039 so far). (Views don’t necessarily mean someone read something, but it does mean they were at least here).

I want to send a special thanks to all of you who follow the blog. It is humbling to think you went out of your way to sign up, and I greatly appreciate your continued support. I thank you all for your comments and input. They’ve helped me learn and think of different things, and from my standpoint I can say I’ve made some good friends. Hope you have too. I hope especially that you have had a few good thoughts about God from the reading.

And I send out those same thanks to all who visit but haven’t followed the blog. The blessings of you being here are true to me, and I hope you are blessed at times in stopping by.

Our God is truly an awesome God. He blesses us in so many ways to learn and grow in Christ. I thank you all for allowing me to be a small part in your life – and I thank our God for the wonderful opportunities.

Thanks and God Bless, Bill

Devil or Angel?

Devil's Trumpet

Devil's Trumpet

In the garden, as in life, there are angels and there are devils – such as the angel’s trumpet and the devil’s trumpet plants.

If you look closely at each plant with its beautiful flowers, it’s easy to distinguish between them. The structure of the bush and shape and texture of the leaves make it obvious the flowers are from different plants. But, if you take the flowers away from the plants and compare them, it’s not so simple. That’s a good analogy to what the Bible tells us – when a new and beautiful idea or plan (or person) comes into our life, it’s good to make sure what “bush” they’re coming from. (“And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light.” 2 Corinthians 11:14.)

Angel's Trumpet

Angel's Trumpet

 I don’t know how each plant got its name but there are two characteristics that possibly led to it. The bell end of the devil’s trumpet comes from the  ground and points up – as if from Hell, blasting out at Heaven. The angel’s trumpet is the opposite – as if from Heaven, blasting out at Hell.
The most interesting fact is, while the angel’s trumpet flowers remain for several days, the devil’s trumpet blooms at night and the flower dies the next morning after it sees the light of day.
(“For everyone practicing evil hates the light and does not come to the light, lest his deeds should be exposed.” John 3:20)