As a programmer, I know very well that writing good code requires intelligence. Every aspect of a piece of software is carefully thought out and planned out. If there is one bug in a piece of code, this can cause problems when the script runs, either slowing down performance on the machine, not achieving the correct result, or even completely breaking the system. To properly debug faulty code, I need to be aware that the code I am looking at was thoughtfully written by another programmer, and that there is a purposeful design with an intended function. It would be intellectually dishonest to assume any thing else, like the software was randomly written, or has no purposeful design.
For example, it is easy to figure out the missing number when you know the end result.
3 + ? = 7
Obviously, the missing number is four. Now, if you did not know the end result, finding the missing number would be ambiguous. You can make your number be whatever you want your result to be.
3 + ? = ?
So now I’m going to translate this to gardening. Every seed is intelligently designed with an intended function by a masterful Engineer and Architect. So our job as gardeners is to “debug”, or figure out the right environment the seed needs so it can achieve the Creators intended function.
seed + ? = healthy plant
When you spend time to think about a seed, it is pretty amazing the things it can do. You cut it in half, and it looks like just a solid mass of color. Nothing seemingly spectacular or awe inspiring. Yet, when you put it in the soil, and add water, it turn into something amazing. It could be a beautiful flower, a tasty vegetable, a sweet fruit, or a massive tree. And it even has power to produce its own seeds, hundreds of them. If I was able to take clay from the earth, and engineer it so that it could grow into something tasty and nutritious, and then also have it to be able to reproduce itself, I would become the most famous scientist in the world. Yet, we see this everyday, all around us. What seeds really represents is God’s amazing engineering ability.
So we have amazing seeds, and we have seen pictures of what they should look like. We plant the seed in the ground, water it, wait several months, and we get something that looks like this.
Not exactly like the picture on the seed packet. But compare it to something like this.
Now we have something to be excited about. And what is the primary difference? It is the same seed, planted in the same yard, receiving the same amount of water. This is where having the right world view is going to help us become better farmers and gardeners. The small and unhealthy plant in the first picture is trying to tell us something. It is screaming at us saying “debug”, “debug”, “Figure out what is wrong with my environment”. If we can begin to see the world the same way the Creator does, and learn to listen, it is going to be easier for us to understand the root cause of a problem, and fix it.