Blooms and Scripture 10

Devils Trumpet

Devils Trumpet

Devils Trumpet

Devils Trumpet

Always a wonderful plant – it was a gift several years ago and has continued to bloom. It also has liked the abundant rain this year. The blooms open at night and wilt away the next day when the light gets bright. Maybe that’s where the name Devil’s Trumpet came from – loving the darkness and hating the light.

The passage I’ve included with this second series of Blooms and Scripture is from 2 Peter 1:3-8. It begins by saying God has given us everything that we need to live a fruitful and effective life – and it’s only through that power that we can live such a life. It then outlines the process we should follow to reach that goal. Three thoughts from that: 1. it is a lifelong process, so we can’t expect instant perfection 2. but we should be working toward that. 3. The love God has given us, allows us to live in love – which is our goal.

His divine power has granted to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of him who called us to his own glory and excellence,by which he has granted to us his precious and very great promises, so that through them you may become partakers of the divine nature, having escaped from the corruption that is in the world because of sinful desire. For this very reason, make every effort to supplement your faith with virtue, and virtue with knowledge, and knowledge with self-control, and self-control with steadfastness, and steadfastness with godliness, and godliness with brotherly affection, and brotherly affection with love. For if these qualities are yours and are increasing, they keep you from being ineffective or unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.” 2 Peter 1:3-8

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)