And God said, “See I have given you every herb that yields seed which is on the face of all the earth and every tree whose fruit yields seed to you it shall be food. (Genesis 1:29).
There’s nothing we Jamaicans love more than some good, old “bush medicine”. Having a cough? No worries just drink a spoonful of garlic-honey elixir.
Having a headache? No problem – just tie your head with a scarf or kerchief soaked in rosemary.
You may think it crazy, but there are some persons who have never gone to the doctor. Now I am not proposing that persons use herbal medicines in all cases, there are times when you need to go a doctor. Period. I am also not suggesting that anyone go outside and pick random herbs looking for a cure – herbal medicine can be dangerous if you are not knowledgeable about it.
What I will say is that there is a strong correlation between our health and our diet. Have you ever noticed how an animal that is sick will seek out herbs and chew on them until it feels better? Now I don’t know how a dog can figure out what will make him feel better unless of course the Creator gave him a health manual that was made just for him. He also gave us a health manual that is made just for us. Sadly, we often don’t eat the foods we should in the right proportions.
That being said, the herbs were created for the healing of the nations. But what can we learn from them? What lessons do they offer on how to glorify God?
Lessons that we can learn from herbs:
All things in moderation – With herbs, a little goes a long way. Have you ever seasoned a dish with fresh rosemary? Tasty isn’t it? Ever put just a little bit too much? Yuck! The dish becomes bitter and unpalatable. This teaches us that whatever we are doing must be done with restraint and in moderation.
Bloom where you are planted – A herb garden can be started in a very small space such as the area under a kitchen window or a small patio or backyard. As long as there is enough sunlight and water you will have a great crop. We can learn to make the best of every situation.
Lean towards the Son – Okay, this last one is a play on words. Herbs, like most plants tend to lean towards the sun. Plants grow towards the light because they know (at least as much as plants “know” anything) that they need the light and so the try to get as much of it as possible.
Similarly we need to grow towards the Son. Without Christ we are nothing and can do nothing. This should be our motivation to spend time basking in the light of the Son. When we do that we will flourish and be a blessing to others.
The next time you add a dash or pinch of herb to a dish, remember that God wants us to be the dash or pinch or flavor in some else’s life.