How are we supposed to free ourselves from the spiritual emptiness and the degenerate life and find a genuine life? I was so lost and befuddled before, but now I’ve found the answer.
God’s Creation – The Pine Has Many Marvelous Effect
By Yang Na
“Snow bends the pine branches, yet the pine still stands erect. To know its nobleness, wait till the snow melts.” This poem “The Pine” is written by Chen Yi, a Chinese famous marshal. No matter how harsh the environment is, the pine still rises straight up. It is much stronger than the trees growing in the greenhouse. This beauty of perseverance is admirable to us. Except for its perseverance and simplicity which deserve our praise, what marvelous effects does it have?
I remembered when I was young, my parents usually made a fire with the leaves, branches and trunks of the pine to cook meals. Sometimes, when the power went off at night, my father would fire pine branches for lighting. Every year on the Torch Festival, people would use them as torches. Everyone cheered and celebrated together. It was very hilarious. Besides, because the people in my hometown were very poor, when they held a feast, they would gather many leaves of the pines in the mountain and use them as tables by scattering them on the ground.
At that time, my parents would often go to the mountain to pick up the pine cones and dry them in our courtyard. When they were dried, the pignolia would fall out. Then, my parents would sell the pignolia and pine cones. For most of the villagers living in the mountain, they made their living by selling the pignolia and the pine cones. Afterward, when my father made furniture at home, he would use the sap (the rosin) which flew out from the pine to glue on the joints or the cracks. In this way, the furniture would be very firm. Moreover, there are much furniture which was made of pines in my home, such as, the beds, sofa, stools, tables, cupboards, windows and the beams and so on; they are solid and durable.
I remembered that my hand fractured at the age of six. My foster father used the pine bark and the pollen of the flowers in blossom to bind up my broken hand. He said, “This is good medicine. And it can set a broken bone and stop bleeding.” I couldn’t help feeling curious, asking, “Dad, why does the pine have so many uses?” He said, “They were passed by the ancestors.” Then I went to ask my mother; she told me, “It’s because of the natural laws, and no one knows the mysteries contained within.”
When I grew up, I came to the city. People there would pay a high price to buy the pines as ornamentals. Once when I saw them, I would have a sense of returning home. In March, 2016, I went to my hometown, seeing pine pollen was laid everywhere in each family’s yard. I heard my uncle said that he and his wife would pick up the pine pollen for two months every year, and that they would make more than ten thousand yuan by selling them. It was quite an item for persons who live in villages. However, I couldn’t understand why the trader purchased the pine pollen, so I asked my townsmen, but they couldn’t tell me the answer. This became a riddle in my heart.
By chance, I knew a friend. She introduced me to their products and asked me to promote the products together with her. I asked her, “What on earth are your products?” Later, my friend sent me a series of their products. When I opened, I saw Pine Pollen Calcium Milk Powder, Pine Pollen Tea, Pine Pollen Facial Cleanser, Pine Pollen Whitening Moisturizing Cream and so on. I felt surprised: The small pine pollen has so many uses. But how come they are so useful for us?
Until one day, I saw God’s words say: “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. … 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, they can all be used in daily life. They are of use to people and have been prepared by God for the human body in case of need. Some of these were allowed by God to be inadvertently discovered by man, while others were discovered from certain special phenomena or by certain people prepared by God. Following their discovery, mankind would pass them down, and then many people would know about them. This way, God’s creation of these plants has value and meaning.”
From God’s words, I knew all things were created by God. The functions of all kinds of plants are even more predestined by God. In them are contained God’s wisdom and almightiness. I thought of the old saying in my hometown, “One step advance, three herbs can be found.” On the mountain there are a variety of trees and flowers, with different shapes, sizes and different effects as well, such as the pines. The old people said any part of the pines was valuable. For example, their trunks can be widely used as woods in building houses and making all kinds of furniture; besides, they are also the high-grade source of papermaking. The leaves, pollen, cones and bark of the pine could promote blood circulation and restore vitality, dispel pathogenic wind and invigorate Qi. Besides, they not only could be used as fuel to cook meals and boil water, but could be made into skin-care products. The small pines are of much use for us. I saw the significance of all God’s creations; we humans are really the biggest beneficiary.
I then saw more of God’s words: “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.” From God’s words, we can see all things God created are filled with God’s love and deep care. God created every plant and predestined the effect and value of them, which are all for our survival. God hopes that we can have a good environment which is suitable for our survival on earth and that we can live in God’s care and protection happily. When we are ill, we can use the herbs to cure our illness. We can also use the trunk to build houses and make furniture. When we have visual fatigue, we can look at the greens to relieve fatigue. When there is too much carbon dioxide in the air, plants and trees created by God can clean up the air so that we can breathe fresh oxygen. It is God who constantly supplies us and maintains our life. God is the source of our life. I felt God’s wonderful deeds and love for us. I’m willing to offer up my loyalty to God and fulfill my duty properly to repay God’s love. Thank God! All the glory be to God!
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