Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Small and Simple Things

  Peanut Butter. 
  Those four syllables have always played an important role in my life. Growing up, if I got hungry, it was a quick fix for the hunger monster.  Going into college, it was a staple and luxury, enhancing everything from cereal to oreos.  On my mission, my relationship with Peanut Butter has only continue to flourish.

 At this point, you're probably wondering where I am going with this.  Well, let me tell you.  Peanut butter was invented by a man named George Washington Carver.  One of the things I admire about this great man (besides his divine contribution to humanity via the peanut) is his sense of humor.  I remember hearing this quote from him once, and I immediately felt a bond of kinship to this great man:
 "When I was young, I said to God, 'God, tell me the mystery of the universe.' But God answered, 'That knowledge is for me alone.' So I said, 'God, tell me the mystery of the peanut.' Then God said, 'Well, George, that's more nearly your size.'" ~George Washington Carver

 Now, I don't know about you, but I totally relate.  Sometimes, like Mr. Carver, I want to know everything, and I want to know now!  But also, like Mr. Carver, I am definitely not ready for God to reveal all of His secrets and mysteries to my puny, mortal brain.  I'm sure that would be similar in scope to standing beneath Niagara Falls with an open mouth, because you are thirsty and want a drink. 
 You'll find that 10 out of 10 physicians will recommend just drinking out of a glass of water instead.

 And so it is with life, knowledge, and the mysteries of God.  We may want it all at once, but because God is smart, he teaches us instead one day, one page, one sip at a time.  But if we are patient, God will teach us everything, little by little.  Which makes sense. 
 We have to start kindergarten to graduate from college. 
 We have to start at the base before we can reach the summit.
 We have to learn even the mysteries of a peanut before we can conceive the cosmos.
"Now ye may suppose that this is foolishness in me; but behold I say unto you, that by small and simple things are great things brought to pass..."

 From a seed smaller than an M&M comes the mighty Redwood. From one man's desire to learn about peanuts came the glorious reward of creamy (or chunky, both are good) peanut butter.  God can make seemingly simple things into something far greater.
 Be it a seed, a peanut, or me and you, "by small and simple things are great things brought to pass."  All it takes is some patience, some faith, and an appetite to learn.


  1. Peanut Butter wins. No contest. Push that Nutella aside! I find it incredible how the Lord takes us, our small and almost nothing selves, and makes us into so much more (if we let Him). He turned curious Mr. Carver into the inventor of my favorite snack/meal/marvelous treat.

  2. That was quite possibly the most inspirational blog post on peanut butter I have ever read. ;)I often find myslef just wanting to know everything all at once. The learning period is always difficult for me. I just have to tell myself to slow down, in time things will come. God tells us in the scriptures he will give us "line upon line, precept upon precept." 2 Nephi 28:30. Thinking about Heavenly Father's plan for our learning often comforts me. Thanks for the reminder!

  3. Pam and I both thought it was amazing!! To take something like peanut butter- which almost the whole world can love and relate to- and make it spiritual and insightful. And funny! (10 out of 10 physicians eh? We were dying!) We're also curious...which one did you choose?

  4. Peanut Butter. I don't even know the guy who invented Nutella. :P

  5. Rotflol...Litterally. That tickled my funny bone, and my spiritual bone. Great post. NUTELLA!