Time and Space #6: Seeds

There is an interesting progression in the first four days of creation.

On the first day, time and space in light were precisely aligned in the speed of molecular motion.

On the second day, there was a very broad, loose alignment of time and space.  The laws of science controlling the evaporation and condensation of water have some precision to them, but the motion of a rain cloud across 500 miles is the product of dozens of competing forces.  It is a much looser alignment of time and space than in light.

On the third day, God created seeds with the life of God in them.  Those seeds drop from a tree in a fairly random manner over the course of a few days.  They might drop because of a bird’s action, or a storm, or simply the aging, rotting of the stem holding them to the plant.

Then, lying on the ground where they landed randomly, they might sprout soon, or late, or be eaten by a mouse or a bird.

Yet, within that apparent randomness, there are some points of precision in the alignment of time and space.  That seed falling in October can remain alive yet inert for months until there is heat and moisture.

That combination of stimuli, awakens a mighty force that has been present all along.  Germination takes place and suddenly the randomness is over.  The sequence of cell division and multiplication takes place along incredibly precise and delineated lines.

So God perpetuates the life of vegetation across millennia with a stunning blend of leaving the seeds to the mercy of myriad factors, while at the same time, subjecting them to a ruthless control.

Only God.

Copyright January 2018 by Arthur Burk


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6 Responses to Time and Space #6: Seeds

  1. Well, I had not compared the randomness of the chances of germination to the strictness of the process of germination. And what is amazing too, is that neither ever changes after millennia. It is still hugely random which seeds are going to get a chance to grow. That hasn’t slowly become structured over time. And the precision of the growth process is not becoming increasingly random. It retains its precision, eon after eon. What a fun thing to noodle on!

  2. Dick Rabil says:

    I was reading a bio of George Washington Carver (since Arthur often mentions him). Last night I read this part of the chapter.

    “Until the First World War, the United States had imported most of its chemicals, fertilizers, and dyes from Germany, especially aniline dyes, those derived from benzene. When the war impeded importation, industries that required large quantities of dye, such as printing, paint, clothing,and leather, had to turn to less efficient vegetable dyes.

    Carver thus began searching for new plants that would yield their latent colors—not that plant dyes would ever be preferable to aniline dyes. He found twenty-eight plants whose leaves, stems, roots, or fruit yielded acceptable dyes for cloth and leather—insistent colors that would not fade in washing or in light. The woods around Carver were not especially endowed with exotic flora. Nevertheless, along with cultivars, he used plain scrub plants, weeds, and growth that might be found in any thicket. From these twenty-eight commonplace plants he drew out 536 dyes.”

    Thousands of years after creation, Carver figures out the potential of 100s of plants. Typically, scientists look for the good looking healthy plants. I was stunned to learn that weeds had anything good in them. Nothing created is wasted. The lowly, rejected, and seemingly worthless can have something drawn from them. Only God can bring good out of bad. He designed it, He can transform it. Only God. Only….only…only…God.

  3. LeciaKaren says:

    I feel His pleasure, as I go to that place, those spaces, with the seeds, the elements, the randomly perfect alignment. I love His delight!

  4. Janis Leal says:

    The essence of Life, reverberating, the Song of Love.


    Thank you.

  5. Seeds…
    Living on a pineapple farm on the edge of the Aussie bush gave some us some interesting insights in which I can now see the correlation between our creative Creator’s twosome of Time, within Space!

    The Acacias (wattles) that grow around here with their fluffy yellow blooms have seed pods that enclose these small, almost bullet-proof seeds that can lie happily waiting in the leaf litter for years. Then a fire rushes through and the heat does its work on those tough little seeds, to commence germination! Amazing to see the fresh new plants burst through the ashes so soon after the devastation of a fire. Regeneration is pre-planned! Timing in the wattle groves!

    Another fun thing is that some of our eucalypts (gum trees) have these little bumps round the base, hidden below soil level, so that, on the event of a really serious fire and the above-ground tree is destroyed, there are these lignotubers waiting, protected, to spring into new life out of the surviving root base! The pain of the loss of crown and trunk is what I’d call productive pain, ensuring survival. Proactive timing lurking beneath the gumtrees!

    Then when smoke from a bushfire or burn-off near our growing crop of pineapples drifted across a corner of a patch, we noticed that flowers were forming ahead of the rest of the plantation so fruit developed earlier. Now, that means if we could harness the smoke we could control and vary harvest time to better advantage perhaps. Now it was not feasible to be burning off to induce earlier fruit formation, so the science guys did the research to find the actual chemical in the bush smoke (and you’ve probably heard of it in many applications) It is Ethanol! We could mix it with water and spray when and where we wanted (Time and Space!) So we could plant our huge patch of pines then treat some with this ethanol to induce sections for slightly earlier flowering, for controlling the harvest timing! Harnessing bush smoke to influence timing in our space! And the science was already there, for us to find it!

    Since this study started, I have been amazed at the patterns that have been so exquisitely designed into our ecology to bring the changes! The multifaceted variations that He’s delighted to spread before us cannot be counted! May we who have eyes to see, see more and more of them with awe!

  6. Noeleen says:

    Only God.

    A process described by one of his sons. The poetic beauty in a drum(heart)beat. Such a seed! Or fruit… or both?

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