Secrets. They can be very valuable.
Will the CREATOR show you secrets which can add tremendous value to others and benefit yourself too?
Pretty audacious to think about!
George Washington Carver was bold enough to ask for secrets from the Creator. And his life and work revolutionized the Southern economy when America needed it the most.
But what about now? Can we experience the art of what’s extraordinarily possible today?
George Washington Carver — From the son of a slave to a great American scientist
The son of a slave, George Washington Carver was born in 1864 near the end of the Civil War. He was orphaned as a baby. When slavery was abolished the following year, his “owners,” Moses and Susan Carver, raised George and his brother as their own.
He was taught to read and write, and later attended various schools and colleges, eventually earning a Master’s degree from Iowa State University.
“I love to think of nature as an unlimited broadcasting station, through which God speaks to us every hour if we will only tune in.”
Carver served on the faculty at Tuskegee University, teaching sustainable farming. His students’ character development was as significant to him as their intellectual achievement.
He became a world-class expert in botany and agriculture.
- World leaders Mahatma Gandhi and Joseph Stalin sought his advice.
- “Together, we can remake the world,” Thomas Edison told Carver, offering him $100,000 per year (astounding for the time) and state of the art facilities.
- Henry Ford offered him enormous resources to do research for his company.
Passionate about helping his fellowman and the nation, Carver preferred to work in his laboratory: “God’s little workshop.”
What would be revealed to us if we really asked with desire and humility? What discoveries and opportunities are possible?
“Show me secrets”
He would begin each day with prayer that God would reveal secrets to him about plants and vegetables. It is reported that once Carver prayed, “Mr. Creator, show me the secrets of your universe.”
“Little man, you’re not big enough to know the secrets of My universe, but I’ll show you the secret of the peanut,” was the reply.
His prayer and heaven’s response launched him into a lifetime of discovery.
In 1941, Time magazine called Carver a “Black Leonardo,” a reference to the Italian Renaissance man, Leonardo da Vinci.
Giving himself to the lowly peanut, he identified several hundred elements in its seed and shell.
As he put the elements together again in different forms, he uncovered over 300 uses for the peanut including various kinds of foods, oil, paint, ink, soap, shampoo, facial cream, plastics, and many other products.
But there is a God in heaven who reveals secrets … (Daniel 2:28)
Later Carver lifted the sweet potato saying, “Show me it’s secrets.” Again, fresh discoveries and opportunities flowed through his work – over 115 products were developed from the sweet potato including flour, starch, and synthetic rubber.
He would also draw out the latent potential of the soybean and the pecan.
He believed in the holistic integration of faith in God and science. Though highly educated, his testimony on many occasions, including before a Congressional committee, was that his faith in Jesus Christ was the only way in which he could effectively pursue the art of science.
Through his research and teaching on soil improvement and crop diversification, and by developing uses for alternative crops to cotton, George Washington Carver revolutionized Southern agriculture and industry. He was key in transforming the southern economy.
The art of the possible
What would be revealed to us if we really asked with humility and then followed through with the hard work of learning and discovery? What information do you need? What discoveries and opportunities are possible?
“Keep asking and it will be given to you. Keep seeking and you will find. Keep knocking and the door will be opened to you” (Jesus Christ in the Sermon on the Mount).
If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God and it will be given to him (James 1:5).
Call unto Me and I will show you great and mighty things (fenced off, inaccessible, hidden) which you do not know (Jeremiah 33:3).
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Bring it into your world …
Reflect on areas of life and work where you could use the Creator’s secrets:
- Personal growth and development
- Marriage and family
- Health and wellness
- Work and business
- Community involvement
- Friends and relationships
- Cultural influence
What are the top 3 areas in which you would like the Creator to reveal secrets to you? Get audacious like George Washington Carver! Begin to build a sustained lifestyle of drawing upon the wisdom of God …
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photo credit: peanut plants (Yun Huang Yong, Creative Commons)