Plant Whisperer Experiment (image form www.ikeahackers.net)
Plant Whisperer Experiment (image from www.ikeahackers.net)

Do you enjoy plants and flowers? If you do, do you speak or sing to them, or play music to them? Perhaps you heard that some claim that singing to plants or playing music to them will enhance their fruitfulness. I heard this a while ago mainly in connection to tomatoes.

Recently a well known Scandinavian furniture company conducted an experiment with plants. They took two identical plants off their shelves and placed them in a high school setting. Both plants received the same treatment for 30 days: same amount of sunlight, water, and nutrients. What was different that they played recorded sentences to them. To one they played compliments, and positive statements: ‘You are beautiful.’ ‘You have lovely fragrance.’ and the like. To the other they played negative statements: ‘You are ugly.’ ‘You are useless’.

Throughout the 30 days pupils could observe the plants if they would be affected by the recordings.

Well, by the end of the experiment one plant withered and the other one flourished. You probably guessed that the plant that ‘heard’ only negative statements and abuse died eventually. The one that was complimented and encouraged flourished.

It was an experiment to reveal pupils the positive and negative effects of our words. Basically it was an anti-bullying experiment.

I found this absolutely fascinating. That’s the reason I am writing about it. Do we realise as Christians how detrimental or beneficial our words (and not only acts!) can be? They affect not only our fellow human beings, but the whole of Creation!

In Genesis 3:17 we find that the ground is cursed because of Adam’s disobedience (sin) to God! A bad act caused harm to the whole of creation. In his letter to the Romans Paul writes: “For the creation waits in eager expectation for the children of God to be revealed. For the creation was subjected to frustration, not by its own choice, but by the will of the one who subjected it, in hope that the creation itself will be liberated from its bondage to decay and brought into the freedom and glory of the children of God.” According to Paul the whole of Creation is desperate to ‘hear’ the Good News of the children of God. Creation around us is in a desperate expectation for us to proclaim and live out the good things and blessings of God’s saving love! The above experiment seems to confirm this! Our behaviour, actions, words make a difference on a larger scale than one ever expected.

Speak good words, Good News, words of hope, and salvation, encouragement, life, and light to one another, to your neighbour, and even to your plants. It will make a difference!