Sometimes the most beautiful things can stink
Now, what I did not tell you about the Titan Arum is that it is also capable of making the most almighty stink. Its smell is quite abhorrent and in this too I believe that it counsels us in its metaphorical application, for what is the point of joining this erudite and godly 'fraternity,' if you end up speaking words to one another which fail to exude the fragrance of Christ? There would have to be something quite deformed about you as the Latin name of this plant reveals. It is also known as the Amorphophallus, which, for those of you quite adept with your learned languages, takes little working out.
Another amazing feature of this plant is that it literally steams at night, generating heat all by itself, can I caution us that unlike the Amorphophallus, we should be producing light not heat.
The May list for the biblioblogging Top 50 is beautiful but a little stinky, much heat is being generated. No doubt this thing will soon die away and we will wait for 30 days to see who blooms next month but in the meantime 'let us reason together', as the prophet Isaiah teaches us else 'instead of perfume there will be rottenness' (Isaiah 3:24). And none of us want that.
Ordained Anglican. Thinking out loud about church.