As an Oklahoma State Extension Master Gardener I have received quite an education on plant life and the proper care of them. On the first Wednesday of each month we have a meeting that always includes an expert in a different field relating to gardening or agriculture of some sort. A couple of months ago the owner of Bustani Plant Farm in Stillwater, Ok. was our guest teacher-speaker. He was the former chief biologist-professor at OSU before starting his company.
Bustani Plant Farm isn’t your local nursery where you go to purchase your hanging baskets and plantings. Dr. Steve Owens and his wife Ruth travel the entire world exploring for unique plantings that are acclimated to us here in growing zone 6. The nursery is only open for 7 weeks out of the year; needless to say we were introduced to flowers and bushes and trees that we had never seen or heard of.
Steve and Ruth had just returned a few weeks prior from Australia with many species that are exotic to us here. He told us of one flower and how it will only germinate when in contact with smoke. There are over 1,200 known plant species that are germinated by smoke. The number of different compounds that make up smoke are over 5,000. Some of these compounds permeate the seed coat and awaken the embryo of the seed to start growing; maybe after many years.
As I began to think about this I was struck with the complexity of Creation. There are untold millions of examples such as this and we are ever learning new information. I also had the thought that I honestly don’t need to know any of these facts to personally know this majestic Creator; but it does tell me a lot about Him.
I personally am thankful that salvation is not complex, but by simple child-like faith I can know this Creator through faith in His Son Jesus Christ. It is not a complicated, tortuous, hard thing to do. Just believe!!! “Because, if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved” (Romans 10:9). It’s that simple. Child-like faith and belief is all it takes.
If you have never “believed’ in Christ won’t you do it today? If you are a believer thank Him today that He has made it so simple.