By Yang Ling
Every Chinese New Year, people will post couplets “Abundant harvest ‘Wugu’ (five categories of crops),” hoping for a favorable weather and plentiful harvest in the next year. People often say, “Food is Heaven for the people.” Indeed, our diet consists mainly of grains. Then, do you want to know what “Wugu” Chinese often say refers to?
By chance I got acquainted with a radar engineer who was over seventy and a teacher in his sixties. We once had a talk together, during which the engineer said, “I am interested in scientific research and often explore the mysteries of nature. Whenever I went to some place on business, I would visit the sights there, such as the Wutai Mountains.”
The teacher said, “As a lifelong teacher, I know a lot about astronomy and geography.”
I said, “Two scholars, I want to ask both of you a question. Do you know what ‘Wugu’ we often eat refers to?”
The teacher answered, “It’s easy for me. It refers to wheat, beans, sorghum, rice, corn, etc.”
The engineer replied, “I think it refers to all the crops we eat, such as wheat, beans, peanuts, sesame seeds, sorghum, and so on.”
Then I said, “Both of your explanations of ‘Wugu’ are unclear and inaccurate. In fact, ‘Wugu’ refers to five different categories of crops. The first category is the hanging crops, that is the fruits which grow on trees, such as apples, oranges, bananas, walnuts, etc. Because hanging in the air, they are also called the crops in the air. The second is the fruits grown below the ground, such as taros, potatoes, radishes, sweet potatoes, peanuts etc., and we can call them the underground crops. The third is called the crops with ears, such as wheat, corn, rice, sorghum etc. The fourth is the crops with legumes, such as soya bean, black bean, green bean, peas, etc. The last is called vegetable crops, such as pumpkin, white gourd, cabbage, celery, etc.”
Hearing my words, the engineer felt it was fresh and asked me with a smile, “Your words sound quite reasonable. Where did you learn them? I have never heard such explanation of ‘Wugu’ before.”
The teacher said thoughtfully with eyes alight with excitement, “I have never seen such an explanation of ‘Wugu’ in any book over so many years of my teaching. What you said really opens my eyes today.”
Seeing their surprised faces, I asked again, smiling, “Then, do you know the source of ‘Wugu’?”
The engineer answered, “They are bred by scientific technology.”
The teacher expressed his doubt and said to the engineer, “I think your words aren’t completely right. Because before the technology became advanced, there was ‘Wugu.’”
At these words, the engineer said in bewilderment, “Uh, I really don’t know the source of ‘Wugu.’ Perhaps, they arose naturally.”
Then I said, “Like parents prepare all necessaries before their baby is born, there is someone preparing various foods for us men. He is the Creator, the true God who created heavens and earth and all things. In the, God said: ‘Let the earth bring forth grass, the herb yielding seed, and the fruit tree yielding fruit after his kind, whose seed is in itself, on the earth: and it was so. And the earth brought forth grass, and herb yielding seed after his kind, and the tree yielding fruit, whose seed was in itself, after his kind: and God saw that it was good’ (Genesis 1:11-12). God’s word also says: ‘God created man and placed him in a suitable living environment. Afterward, man needed food and water. Man had such a need, so God made such preparations for man. Therefore, you can see that each step of God’s work and each thing He does is not just empty words, but is actually being carried out. Is food something people cannot be without in their daily lives? (Yes.) Is food more important than air? (They are equally important.) They are equally important. They are both conditions and things necessary for mankind’s survival and preserving the continuation of human life. … So where does food mainly come from? First, it comes from the soil. Soil was first prepared for mankind by God. Soil is suitable for the survival of various plants, not just for trees or grass. God prepared for mankind seeds for all kinds of grains and various foods, as well as suitable soil and land for people to plant, thus giving them food. What kinds of foods are there? You should be clear on this. First, there are various types of grains. What is included in grains? Wheat, foxtail millet, proso millet, rice…, the ones that come with hulls. Cereal crops are also separated into many different varieties. There are many types of cereal crops from the south to the north, such as barley, wheat, oats, and buckwheat. Different species are suited to being grown in different regions. There are also various kinds of rice. The south has its own varieties of rice, which are longer and suited to people from the south because they are not too sticky. As the climate is hotter in the south, they have to eat varieties such as indica rice. It cannot be too sticky or else they won’t be able to eat it and they’ll lose their appetites. The rice eaten by people in the north is stickier. As the north is always colder, they have to eat stickier rice. In addition, there are various kinds of beans. These are grown above the ground. There are also those grown below the ground, such as potatoes, sweet potatoes, taro, and many more. These are the various grains, a necessity for people’s daily food and drink. People use various grains to make noodles, steamed buns, rice, and rice noodles. People also eat potatoes and use potatoes and sweet potatoes to make staple foods. Taro, which is often eaten by people in the south, can also be a staple food’” (“God Himself, the Unique VIII”).
After listening to God’s words, the engineer said with emotion, “It turns out that all kinds of grains we eat are created by God. It’s really that God provides for us and keeps us alive.”
The teacher echoed, “Yes. Today I know that the various grains are prepared by God for us. God’s work is so practical! Then why did God create so many kinds of grains?”
I said, “About this question, let us read another passage of God’s word. God says: ‘God has bestowed these various kinds of grains upon mankind in abundance. Why are there so many varieties? God’s intentions can be found therein: On the one hand, it is to suit the different soils and climates in the north, south, east and west; on the other hand, the various components and contents of these grains accord with the various components and contents of the human body. People can only maintain the various nutrients and components required for their bodies by eating these grains. … God was very considerate to mankind. The various foods God bestowed upon people are not dull—they are very comprehensive. If people want to eat cereals they can eat cereals. Some might say, “I don’t like eating noodles, I want to eat rice,” and they can eat rice. There are all kinds of rice—long rice, short rice, and they can all satisfy people’s tastes, right? Therefore, if people eat these grains—as long as they are not too picky or fussy with their food—they won’t lack nutrition and are guaranteed to live healthily until an old age. That was the original idea God had in mind when He bestowed food upon mankind. The human body cannot be without these things—is that not reality? (Yes.) Mankind cannot resolve these real problems, but God had already prepared and thought it through. God had things prepared for mankind long ago, and prepared them in abundance. That is a fact.’”
After reading God’s words, the teacher was moved and said, “God treats us with meticulous care like parents treat their own children. How considerate God is to us!”
The engineer and I nodded repeatedly. I continued to read God’s words: “God has given mankind more than just these—there are also vegetables. When you eat rice, if rice is all you eat, you might lack nutrition. If you then stir-fry a couple of small dishes or mix up a salad to go with the meal, then the vitamins in the vegetables and various trace elements or other nutrients will be able to supply the needs of the human body in a very normal way. When people are not eating main meals they can also have some fruit, right? Sometimes, when people need more fluids or other nutrients or different flavors, there are also vegetables and fruits to supply them. As the soils and climates in the north, south, east and west are different, they also have different varieties of vegetables and fruits. Since the climate in the south is too hot, the majority of fruits and vegetables are of the cool type that can balance the cold and heat in people’s bodies when they eat them. On the other hand, there are fewer varieties of vegetables and fruits in the north, but still enough for the people of the north to enjoy. Isn’t that right? (Yes.) … God is ruling over, managing and supplying all things among them. At the same time, you will also truly feel that you are a part of all things and a member of all things. As God supplies all things, you also accept God’s rule and supply. This is a fact no one can deny. All things are subject to their own laws, which is under God’s rule, and all things have their own rule of survival, which is also under God’s rule, while mankind’s fate and what they need are also closely related to God’s rule and His supply. That is why, under God’s dominion and rule, mankind and all things are interconnected, interdependent, and interwoven. This is the purpose and value of God’s creation of all things. Do you understand this now?” (“God Himself, the Unique VIII”).
After reading God’s words, I fellowshiped, “From God’s words, we know the source of all things, and how God rules over and governs them. Without God’s constant supply to us and all things, we can’t lead a happy and joyful life. All kinds of food we eat every day are meticulously prepared by God for the needs of our body; they are rich and plentiful, and of different tastes and nutrients. On the one hand, God prepared different fruits, vegetables, and grains according to the different soils and climates in the south and the north. For example, the majority of food in the south are of the cool type, for the climate there is hot, while in the north where the climate is cold, God prepared some warm-natured food for people. On the other hand, in accordance with different seasons, God also prepared different fruits and vegetables, so that we can maintain the nutrients required for our body, balance the cold and heat in our bodies, and keep in good health. All kinds of food created by God, be it grain, vegetable or fruit, maintain our life and allow us to live healthily. From all these, we can see the almightiness, wisdom, and wondrous deeds of God as well as His meticulous care and cherishing of us humans.
“God’s word says, ‘God created mankind; regardless of whether they have been corrupted or whether they follow Him, God treats human beings as His loved ones—or as human beings would say, the people dearest to Him—and not His playthings. Although God says He is the Creator and that man is His creation, which may sound like there is a bit of a difference in rank, the reality is that everything God has done for mankind far exceeds a relationship of this nature. God loves mankind, cares for mankind, and shows concern for mankind, as well as constantly and unceasingly provides for mankind. He never feels in His heart that this is additional work or something that deserves a lot of credit. Nor does He feel that saving humanity, supplying them, and granting them everything, is making a huge contribution to mankind. He simply provides for mankind quietly and silently, in His own way and through His own essence and what He has and is. No matter how much provision and how much help mankind receives from Him, God never thinks about nor tries to take credit. This is determined by the essence of God, and is also precisely a true expression of God’s disposition’ (‘God’s Work, God’s Disposition, and God Himself I’). From these words, we can know that God’s love for us, without any falsehood or deception, is real and can be seen, touched, and experienced by us. God not only gives us necessary food, but also expresses the truth to lead us to know His work and intention; He tells us how to live and the value and meaning of our life. Only when we come before God, know His disposition, and gain the truth as our life, can we gain the true peace and happiness in our heart and live a free and liberated life. This is really God’s great grace for us mankind.” Hearing my fellowship, the engineer and teacher kept nodding in agreement, developing a sense of longing for God.
God’s word carries life power and is not possessed by any created being. Only God constantly provides us with sustenance for life. Here I want to share a passage of God’s words with you: “The love of God extends forth like the water of a spring, and is given to you, and to me, and to him, and to all those who truly seek the truth and await the appearance of God” (“Beholding the Appearance of God in His Judgment and Chastisement”).