My wife and I both are very fond of plants. As a result, there are various kinds of plants grown in our house all year round, such as early lilac, common oleander, knight’s star lily, Chinese cymbidium, bush lily, candelabra aloe, aizoon stonecrop, spider plant, and so on. Living with them and enjoying their beauty every day, we benefit a lot both in body and mind.
In spring, the early lilacs in our yard are in full bloom. As gentle breezes blow, the purple-white blossoms nod gently, with delicate fragrance pervading the whole yard. Whenever I was upset and depressed, I would come to them to have a smell. The delicate scent would immediately refresh me, removing all my distress and depression.
Sometimes enchanted by the beauty and delicate fragrance of these flowers, I would linger beside them, unwilling to leave. What attracts me most is knight’s star lily. Shooting out from one bud, those blossoms were just like twin sisters, so dedicate and adorable that I didn’t have the heart to touch them and only appreciated their beauty from different angles.
Some plants, though not brilliant, have amazing functions. Take candelabra aloe as an example. It can clear away heat and toxins, subdue the inflammation and relieve itching; moreover, it can improve our immunity, accelerate the falling of dead tissue and help the wound heal faster. With so many wondrous functions, candelabra aloe is very helpful in sultry summer and fall when we are prone to get bitten by mosquitoes or have inexplicable itching lumps. At that time, I would break off a leaf of candelabra aloe, remove its spines, strip off the outer layer to get its cool and lubricated pulp and then apply it to the itching lumps. Soon after, my skin stopped itching and the lumps would go down after being treated with the pulp three or four times.
Sometimes when I had a toothache or a sore throat due to the internal heat, I would then chew a clean leaf of candelabra aloe and hold its juice in my mouth for a moment, which would gradually ease my pain. Once, when I had a persistent cough and didn’t get any better regardless of taking many medicines, I then ate some leaves of candelabra aloe with a dose of cough medicine. Surprisingly, soon I completely recovered from my cough. It was amazing!
Aizoon stonecrop, though not looking so striking as those bright flowers, has marvelous functions which cannot be ignored. Once while working, my chest was hit heavily by the handle of the sledge-hammer accidentally, which ached so much that I couldn’t speak aloud or breathe deeply. Seeing this, my wife picked off several leaves of aizoon stonecrop, and then fried them with eggs for me to eat. After eating this two days, the injury to my chest miraculously healed. Later my wife told me, “Aizoon stonecrop can improve blood circulation to remove stagnation and swelling, stanch bleeding as well as relieve pain and tranquilize the mind, which helps treat injuries and also works well on sore and furuncle. It’s for both internal and external use: For internal use, we can crush out its juice to drink or fry it with eggs to eat; for external use, we can mash its leaves to a pulp and then apply it to the wounds.” After hearing her words, I couldn’t help exclaiming, “How wondrous it is! Such an ordinary plant actually has so many curative properties!”
In the season of ice and snow, although many plants outside are withered and lifeless, my house is still full of vitality with blooming flowers and green plants. These plants, some on the windowsill, some in the corner, and some beside the TV set, regulate the humidity of our room, release oxygen, improve our mood and even can absorb the radiation produced by the electrical appliances.
Every time enchanted in those flowers and plants and enjoying the happiness and benefits they brought to me, I would marvel: Planted in the same soil under the same nourishment of sunshine and rain, they actually have their unique functions. How amazing! So, who created them? And who bestowed upon them these miraculous functions?
One day, I read, which said: “Among all things, whether it is animals, plants, or all kinds of grass, God also created some plants that are necessary to resolve harm or illness to the human body. What do you do, for instance, if you get burned? Can you wash it with water? Can you just find a piece of cloth somewhere and wrap it up? It might fill up with pus or get infected that way. What do you do, for instance, if you get scalded accidentally by a flame or by hot water? Can you flush it with water? For instance, if you get a fever, catch a cold, suffer an injury from physical work, a stomach ailment from eating the wrong thing, or develop certain diseases due to living habits or emotional issues, such as vascular diseases, psychological conditions or diseases of the internal organs—there are corresponding plants to cure all of these. There are plants that improve blood circulation to remove stagnation, relieve pain, stanch bleeding, provide anesthesia, help people recover normal skin, eliminate blood stasis in the body, and eliminate toxins from the body. … In short, these things are all from God and were prepared and planted when He created a living environment for mankind. All of these things are very necessary. Doesn’t it show that when God created the heavens and earth and all things, His considerations were better thought out than those of mankind? When you see all that God has done, are you able to feel God’s practical side? God worked in secret. When man had not yet come into this world, before coming into touch with this mankind, God had already created all of this. Everything He did was for the sake of mankind, for the sake of their survival, and for the consideration of mankind’s existence, so that mankind can live in this rich and plentiful material world God prepared for them, and so that they can live happily, not having to worry about food or clothes, and not lacking in anything.”
After reading these words, I finally came to know that it is God who created these flowers and plants, giving them life, and bestowed upon them different functions and missions: Some serve for food; some serve as ornamental plants to improve our mood; some help cure illnesses. … From these plants created by God, we can see clearly God’s love that knows no bounds for us: Before God created us humans, He had already considered the possible illnesses and injuries we would suffer in our daily life; in order to relieve our pain and cure our illnesses, He created all kinds of herbs which are free from side effects; God painstakingly made those preparations for us in every detail, just like our mother, who had already arranged everything we needed before we were born; each and every thing done by God in secret contains His love. Enjoying these things prepared by God, I was full of gratitude to Him.
Later, when I read these words of God: “God created humans so that He would gain them. God created all things to be enjoyed by humans,” I had a deeper understanding of God’s love and will: God creating all things for us to enjoy represents His love for us, while His greater will is to gain us humans whom He created personally; God painstakingly made such efforts and preparations for each of us in the hope that we, while enjoying all these things, can come before Him, listen to the word of life He bestowed upon us, live out the reality of His word and finally break free from Satan’s influence of darkness to manifest Him and testify Him.
Since these plants can devote their lives to fulfilling their duties and missions bestowed upon them by God and manifesting the Creator’s wondrous deeds as well as His authority and power, shouldn’t we, the greatest beneficiary, offer up our own share to testify God?
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