Before all of the housing developments displaced the acres and acres of citrus groves, springtime in Arizona was filled with the sweet scent of orange blossoms. No matter where you went you couldn’t escape that distinctive aroma.
Springtime throughout the world is filled with the scents of thousands of different flowers. From fields of wild flowers to the beautiful cultivated gardens surrounding estates, the rainbow of colors and cocktail of fragrances captures the eye, nose and cameras of millions.
As I was searching for a topic to write about today, my wife was talking about how much our home area in Mesa, Arizona has changed. She had just spent 10 days in January visiting family and friends. She mentioned that very few citrus groves still exist where they once stretched mile after mile. Unfortunately it was also the start of allergy and hay fever season. Just a quick side note, so many people blamed their allergies on the citrus because that is all they could smell, when in reality, the citrus was not the culprit. Citrus pollen is quite sticky and therefore it does not freely float in the air. There are many other flowers with airborne pollen that bloom at the same time as the citrus, but since the fragrance of the citrus is so overwhelming, you can’t smell the other flowers as much, so everyone blames the citrus.
That got me to recall what it use to be like when the orange, grapefruit and lemon trees would start to blossom. Those memories started me wondering how evolutionists explain the evolution of the thousands of different flower odors that exist.
I’ve read several different scenarios on the evolution of flowers, pollens and fragrances. One scenario says that the flowers started to evolve and then developed their various shapes, colors and fragrances in order to attract the right pollinators. Another scenario I read said that it all evolved at the same time. Those that proved successful survived and those that didn’t went extinct. [Another side note, I hear so many evolutionists claim that evolution is true, but I often wonder which evolutionary scenario they are talking about. They all can’t be true, so which one is true and which aren’t?]
One author I read suggested that plants had to develop their specific fragrances to attract the insects that were best suited for pollinating that particular flower. If that is true, then how did the plants know which insect was best suited and what chemical odor it would have to produce to attract that pollinator? And where did the plant get the genetic coding to produce that right fragrance? Did the plants spend thousands of years evolving one fragrance after another until they found one that attracted the right pollinator? During that time, how many or how few flowers did get pollinated enough to produce fruit and seed, assuring the survival of the plant?
Once again it seems that evolutionists attribute a certain amount of intelligence to the plant world in directing their own evolution while at the same time claiming that it all happened by random chance. No matter which way they turn they have to rely on some type of intelligence directing selection, yet they deny any possibility of an Intelligent Designer being responsible in the first place. They give intelligence to the unintelligible (plants) and reject intelligence from an omnipotent being.
Whenever I smell the sweet (and sometimes not so sweet) fragrance of a flower, it reminds me that it was all created by our Creator God. It also reminds me of the Scripture verse that says: Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honour and power: for thou hast created all things, and for thy pleasure they are and were created. Rev. 4:11