By Tanisha Hopson
When I first discovered that George Washington Carver was a man of God, I was immediately intrigued by his life story! One of the things that impressed me the most is that he had an authentic prayer life.
Carver routinely got up at 4 AM, walked through the woods, and asked God to reveal the mysteries of nature. He often prayed, Job 12:7-8: Ask the animals, and they will teach you, or the birds of the air, and they will teach you;or speak to the earth, and it will teach you. Carver literally asked God to reveal the mysteries of nature. And God did.
In Carver’s own words:
I said, “Lord, why did you make the universe?”
The Lord replied, “Ask for something more in proportion to that little mind of yours.”
“Then why did you make the earth, Lord?” I asked.
“Your little mind still wants to know far too much,” replied God.
“Why did you make man, Lord?” I asked.
“Far too much. Far too much. Ask again,” replied God.
“Explain to me why you made plants, Lord,” I asked.
“Your little mind still wants to know far too much.”
So I meekly asked, “Lord, why did you make the peanut?”
And the Lord said, “For the modest proportions of your mind, I will grant you the mystery of the peanut. Take it inside your laboratory and separate it into water, fats, oils, gums, resins, sugars, starches and amino acids. Then recombine these under my three laws of compatibility, temperature and pressure. Then you will know why I made the peanut.”
George Washington Carver
One of the 20th century’s greatest scientists, George Washington Carver’s influence is still being felt today. Rising from slavery to become one of the world’s most respected and honored men, he devoted his life to understanding nature and the many uses for the simplest of plant life. He is best known for developing crop-rotation methods for conserving nutrients in soil and discovering hundreds of new uses for crops such as the peanut.
Our Reflection Question of the Day:
How could your life be different if you dared to pray like George Washington Carver?
Today, it is my hope that you will be inspired to open your heart to God’s plan and purpose for your life. Put away the chitter – chatter of convenient distractions, get into your secret place with the Lord and listen intently for God’s voice regarding the next steps for your life. Be bold, be intentional in prayer and watch God move mightily in your life.
Make it an awesome Sunday & be sure to love one another!