George Washington Carver’s Tree of Life

I recently posted a blog on how one day we will be judged by what we did and didn’t DO.  So, how do we really know what to do on a day to day basis?  Well, George Washington Carver told the entire U.S. Senate, Ways and Means Committee exactly how he knew what to DO every day of his life.

I have to tell you that I am fascinated by the life of George Washington Carver who lived in the post Civil War Era.  Carver’s parents were slaves and he was orphaned early in childhood. George surprised north and south, black and white, in his determination to attain his master’s degree in agriculture and botany and later went on to be a professor at Tuskegee Institute in Alabama.  In his down time he painted and was an accomplished pianist.

In their book, Faces of Truth, 101 Famous Christians, portrait artists Doug ageo washington carver Marchnd Norma Latta write that Carver was invited to address the U.S Senate, Ways and Means Committee regarding his work with the peanut!

“How did you learn all these things?” they asked.

Carver told them he learned about the peanut from an old book—the Bible.

The Chairman then asked, “Does the Bible tell about peanuts?”

Carver said, “No, but it tells about the God who made the peanut. I asked Him to show me what to do with the peanut, and he did.”  Today more than 1000 scientists in the Department of Agriculture are doing the work he alone started.  Carver revealed his secret to getting things done.  He said, “Back of my workshop there is a little grove of trees. One has been cut down. It makes a good seat. I have made it a rule to go out and sit on it at 4 o’clock every morning and ask the Good Lord what I am to do that day. Then I go ahead and do it.”

Dear friends!!  This is EXACTLY what I’ve been saying the last two years on Lift Jesus Cross Blog.  We must take time and get our news, our updates, our schedules, our knowledge, and our inspiration at the Tree of Life.  Yes, Mr. Carver sat on a tree stump in a little grove of trees.  So it’s not the tree stump or the grove of trees.  It’s the Tree of Life, that beautiful tree that is now made available to us again through the wonderful tree of Calvary–the cross of Jesus Christ.  Do you want your life to have meaning in these last days?  Do you want to know what to do day by day?  Cultivate the habit of listening, waiting, being still before God at the Tree of Life.  Day by day, God will delight in your faithfulness and He WILL give you direction on what to DO in the last days!       

Jump Start Prayer:  Father in heaven, like George Washington Carver, I take my seat under Your Tree of Life and I ask, “What am I to do today?”

About Lift the Cross of Jesus!

My day job is writing--I'm an author and publisher of a number of books. More on that later. But there is nothing of greater importance to me than the early morning hours I spend with the Creator of the Universe. Although He knows everything there is to know, His greatest delight isn't to give us knowledge, but to give us love. My highest joy is to watch the sun rise with notebook in hand and write the words he speaks to my heart. I want to share some of those words with you here . . . words on the cross.
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3 Responses to George Washington Carver’s Tree of Life

  1. Larry Who says:

    I enjoyed reading about George Washington Carver. Thanks.


  2. Becky Spencer says:

    Amen, sis! This is excellent! And after having spent a couple of hours where you also sit at the Tree of Life, I’m all the more encouraged to enjoy such precious times even more!

    I loved our time together. Refreshing and sweet.

    Please, when you have a moment, send me your mom’s name and address.

    I love you to pieces.



  3. Becky, I have those pictures of the baby mocking birds that I will post here soon! Your visit was refreshing to me, like sunshine in the cold of winter, warming my heart. I’ll email you the info!


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