In the early morning, the sun slowly rose in the east. Looking up at the rosy dawn, I bathed in the sunshine, rain and dew. When I breathed the fresh air in the mountains, I was in a particularly agreeable mood. Recalling so many years of life in the mountains, I truly experienced that the mountains contain rich treasures and that they can bring us a different scenery and enjoyable things in each season.
As spring comes after winter, the thick snow just melts and some ice still remains on the land. Grass throughout hills and mountains has sprouted. In the streams and pools, amur adonis flowers come into bloom, red and yellow, which makes the land exceptionally beautiful. Yet don’t look down on these tiny flowers. They can be used to cure heart diseases after being dried and then soaked in wine with their roots and stems. Gradually, pink and red azaleas flourish over the mountains and fields, telling people that spring has arrived. In the hills, various sorts of wild herbs come up, such as dandelion, acanthopanax senticosus, Osmunda cinnamomea L., mountain fern, Aralia elata (Miq) Seem, and so on. These mountainy wild herbs naturally grow without the use of pesticides or chemical fertilizer and without any contamination, so they are really pure organic food. We don’t need to spend money buying them. Besides, they are also very wholesome—they can diminish inflammation, reduce internal heat, and improve blood circulation to remove stagnation. Especially the mountain fern, which has the curative effect of preventing cancers.
In summer, different kinds of trees thick with green leaves cover the steep mountains; the grass turns green; the flowers bloom all over the hills, giving off a delicate scent; chirping birds sing their beautiful songs in the trees; springs in the mountains flow cheerfully, as if playing an accompaniment for the birds; butterflies dance trippingly among the flowers, displaying their graceful charms. Apart from the beautiful scenery, many treasures can be dug out in the mountains. When my grandpa herds cattle there, he often digs some medicinal materials such as Fritillaria cirrhosa, Gentian, Manchurian Wildginger, Virginia Creeper, and so on. After they are dried in the sun, they can be sold to where medicinal materials are collected and an extra income can be gotten. I remembered once when my mother was cooking, she accidentally scalded her arm. As she paced about painfully, I saw my father hurriedly went out. Soon he returned with a small piece of birch-bark in his hand, and said, “Burn it to ashes quickly and then mix it with a little sesame oil to apply it on the wound.” After applying it, my mother said her arm really didn’t ache. To my surprise, I had never thought that the bark has such a great function.
When autumn arrives, fruits are plentiful in the mountains. Clusters of purple wild grapes hang on the vines; scarlet schisandra fruits adorn the trees; there are also haws, jujubes, sorbs. What a colorful and charming scene! In the mountains, we can also pick walnuts, hazelnuts, mushrooms, and so on. As long as we go into the mountains, we will certainly have gains. Every year, my family will pick some wild grapes to make wine. This wine is highly nutritious—it has the effects of softening blood vessels and of improving and maintaining people’s looks. Our family enjoy the happiness the mountains bring to us and we are all completely healthy.
In winter, white snow covers the land and hangs all over the branches, putting a silver dress on the mountains. White hares chase each other not far away. The footprints left by different kinds of wild animals appear like rows of white flowers embellished on the land. In the leisure time, my father will pull the sledge up to the mountains to collect the withered branches. He burns them to heat our house, where having a sleep on the warm kang in winter is really sweet.
When I enjoy all these things, I can’t help having some puzzlement in my mind: Who created all these? Can it be that they were really created by Mother Nature? Afterward, I saw God’s words say, “Ever since God created them, based on the laws that He determined, all things have been operating and have been continuing to develop regularly. Under His gaze, under His rule, all things have been developing regularly alongside the survival of humans. Not a single thing is able to change these laws, and not a single thing can destroy these laws.” “Living things flourish on the mountain so there is value to its existence by itself. … By virtue of the mountain’s existence, it allows living things like the trees and grasses and all the other plants and animals on the mountain to flourish.”
Mountains not only bring us beautiful scenery, but also nourish all things living in them. And furthermore, they abide by the important mission bestowed by the Creator. It turns out that all these were created by God and that they are all the sovereignty and deeds of God, not the creation by Mother Nature. No wonder that they are so wonderful! Then among all the perfect and flourishing things created by God, what intentions does God have?
Then I read God’s words, which say, “Additionally, among all things, whether it is animals, plants, or all kinds of grass, God also created some plants that are necessary to resolve harm or illness to the human body. What do you do, for instance, if you get burned? Can you wash it with water? Can you just find a piece of cloth somewhere and wrap it up? It might fill up with pus or get infected that way. What do you do, for instance, if you get scalded accidentally by a flame or by hot water? Can you flush it with water? For instance, if you get a fever, catch a cold, suffer an injury from physical work, a stomach ailment from eating the wrong thing, or develop certain diseases due to living habits or emotional issues, such as vascular diseases, psychological conditions or diseases of the internal organs—there are corresponding plants to cure all of these. There are plants that improve blood circulation to remove stagnation, relieve pain, stanch bleeding, provide anesthesia, help people recover normal skin, eliminate blood stasis in the body, and eliminate toxins from the body. In short, they can all be used in daily life. They are of use to people and have been prepared by God for the human body in case of need. Some of these were allowed by God to be inadvertently discovered by man, while others were discovered from certain special phenomena or by certain people prepared by God. Following their discovery, mankind would pass them down, and then many people would know about them. This way, God’s creation of these plants has value and meaning. In short, these things are all from God and were prepared and planted when He created a living environment for mankind. All of these things are very necessary. Doesn’t it show that when God created the heavens and earth and all things, His considerations were better thought out than those of mankind?”
My heart was moved by God’s love: It turns out that the mountains which have accompanied me for years and the rich materials I have enjoyed—these consolation of love—are full of God’s kind intentions. God knows what we human need and He is very considerate to us. Even in small difficulties of our life, God will remove our worries and troubles. He predetermined all sorts of medicinal herbs that can cure us of varied illnesses. This is the true manifestation of God loving mankind as well as shows forth the wonderful deeds of God.
God created all things, and He also rules over and manages, supplies and nourishes all things so that they perform their own duties and fulfill their own functions in the ordination of God. In order to provide a better living condition for us, God prepared all the living environments that are beneficial to us. Like this, God constantly supplies all things to mankind. For us mankind, we can never live without all these things created by God. God’s care and love for us is everywhere. If we make a careful observation, we can know God’s authority and wisdom among all things and taste God’s selflessness. God silently supplies us with His love. Since God loves us so much, shouldn’t we consider how we do something for God in the limited time to repay God’s great love?