I discovered an intriguing story about the spiritual life of George Washington Carver through a book entitled “The Man Who Talks with the Flowers” by Glenn Clark.
George Washington Carver was an African American world-famous chemist who made important agricultural discoveries and inventions. His research on peanuts, sweet potatoes, and other products helped poor southern farmers vary their crops and improve their diets following the Civil War. Carver was believed to have discovered three hundred uses for peanuts and hundreds more for soybeans, pecans and sweet potatoes as well as the use for clays in the ground. He found solutions to restore nutrients to the soil by rotating crops, and use peanuts and soybeans in the cotton-depleted soils of the south.
As intriguing as his inventions are, what few internet searches reveal is how these discoveries came to pass. He was a man of devout faith who listened to God daily speak to him through his workshop filled with plants.
In “God’s little workshop” Carver met with God. Carver based his life inventions by believing upon the scripture “And God said, behold , I have given you every herb bearing seed which is upon the face of all the earth, and every tree in the which is the fruit of a tree yielding seed: to you it shall be for meat” Genesis 1:29 . George had intimate talks with His Creator who revealed to him these secrets.
When Carver was asked how he learned to paint and play piano so beautifully, Carver said “There is literally nothing that I ever wanted to do that I asked the blessed Creator to help me to do, that I have not been able to accomplish” p21 “The Man Who Talks with the Flowers” by Glenn Clark.
This man’s life challenges me to seek God in whatever I am doing for inventions, solutions and answers that can benefit so many. What problems perplex you today for which God doesn’t have the answer?
“I love to think of nature as an unlimited broadcasting station, through which God speaks to us every hour, if we only will tune in” George Washington Carver