Thursday, August 25, 2011

The Miracle Bee



Then God said, “Let the earth sprout vegetation,
plants yielding seed, and fruit trees on the earth
bearing fruit after their kind with seed in them”;

and it was so. The earth brought forth vegetation,
plants yielding seed after their kind,
and trees bearing fruit with seed in them, after their kind;
and God saw that it was good.








video

Watch the miracle of the Melipona Bee
Created by God specifically to pollinate the Vanilla Orchid
so that it could continue to exist and produce vanilla.
I wonder how evolutionists might try to explain how
these two miracles dependent upon one another
somehow happened simultaneously by random selection?



The miracle is that the Melipona Bee was created for the polination of this specific plant.
The impossible question for evolutionists is how do you explain this?



Vanilla beans, or pods, are the fruit of the orchid Vanilla planifolia, which is native to the tropical forest of Mexico. In the wild vanilla grows as a thick, green vine up trees and produces clusters of trumpet shaped, celadon colored flowers. These delicate, small flowers usually bloom for just one day and can only be pollinated by the small Melipona bee. If the flowers are not pollinated they drop to the ground and no vanilla beans are produced.

The ancient Totonaco Indians of Southeastern Mexico were the first people to discover the secret of vanilla. They believed vanilla was a food of the Gods. When the Aztecs conquered the Totonaco, they adopted many of their beliefs. In 1518, the Spanish conquistadores, led by Herman Cortez, came to Mexico and observed the Aztec emperor, Montezuma, drinking "Choclatl". This beverage of ground cocoa and corn was flavored with "Tlilxochitl" (cured vanilla beans) and honey.

Cortez fell in love with Cholatl's rich flavor and aroma and introduced both cocoa and vanilla to Spain. Spanish chefs started making "Vainilla" (little sheath) flavored chocolate and for 100 years it was consumed by nobility and the very rich. Vainilla was later anglicized to vanilla.

Until the later part of the 18th century, Mexico was the sole producer of vanilla. While attempts were made to cultivate the vines in other tropical parts of the world, because the secret of the Melipona bee was not known, the vines did not produce beans.

In early 1800's the French took cuttings from Mexico to Reunion Island, which was then known as the Ile de Bourbon (the surname of the Kings of France). The plants flourished and flowered, but with no Melipona bees on the island, no beans were produced.

In 1837 the Belgian botanist Morren succeeded in artificially pollinating the vanilla flower. On Reunion Morren's process was attempted, but failed. It was not until 1841 that a 12 year old slave by the name of Edmond Albius discovered the correct technique of hand pollinating the flowers. Vanilla was soon taken to the neighboring French possessions of Madagascar, Comoro and Santa Maria. By 1898 about 200 tons of Vanilla beans a year were being produced by these islands.

Today, vanilla is grown in Madagascar, the Comoro and Reunion Islands, India, Uganda, Papua New Guinea, Tonga and Mexico. Vanilla is also cultivated in Tahiti. The Vanilla planifolia vines planted in Tahiti, however, mutated and the plants are now classified as a separate species Vanilla tahitensis.

There are literally millions of miracles that only God will ever be able to explain. Checkmate!

Let no man deceive himself. If any man among you thinks that he is wise in this age, he must become foolish, so that he may become wise. For the wisdom of this world is foolishness before God. For it is written, “He is THE ONE WHO CATCHES THE WISE IN THEIR CRAFTINESS”; and again, “THE LORD KNOWS THE REASONINGS of the wise, THAT THEY ARE USELESS.” So then let no one boast in men. 1 Corinthians 3:18-21


God Bless you my friends, Bob

3 comments:

  1. Oh I couldn't agree more, Bob. This is nothing short of miraculous. I love bees, and the honeybee has the most complex existence in the hive - if you hop over to my blog and read my posts on "Beehive Explosion Box" you can see how I tried to interpret this in a humourous way. The inside of a beehive is as complex as any city, and amazingly it all takes place in darkness, with the most amazing communication system, and all the systems are regulated by the bees to maintain a comfortable and efficient environment for them. And the honeycomb - the strongest, and most efficient structure. By accident? They can't be serious!

    God bless you, Bob! Keep these wonderful posts coming! Praise the Lord for being such a wonderful Creator of all the miracles that surround us!

    Shoshi

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  2. Thank you for your lovely comment on my blog, Bob. I'm enjoying experimenting with gesso and acrylic gel mediums amongst other things these days! I've not had any formal art training, but just know what I want to make, and attempt to put it into practice.

    If you didn't find the post about the bees, you can see it here: http://shoshiplatypus.blogspot.com/2010/09/hand-made-cards-beehive-explosion-box_10.html - this is part 3 of a whole series. The other parts are about the design and construction of the box, with lots of photos. Enjoy!!

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  3. God said...and it was so! Very interesting article and video. Thanks for sharing.

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