As are most elementary teachers, I am quite familiar with the beans in a bag experiment, but I had never heard of this twist of adding soil to the bag to see how that would affect the growth of the beans. We might just have to try it out to see! I'm pretty sure the beans still wouldn't thrive like they would if they were planted in the ground, where the roots can spread out and continue to get nourishment day after day.
I was doing my best to explain this to Corlayn in a way that her three-year-old brain could comprehend, and of course, as I was talking, God spoke to me, reminding me of an important lesson I needed to learn. Relearn, really.
And as usual, this lesson is quite fitting with where I am in life and some of the events that have happened recently.
In telling Coralyn how plants must be in soil to live so their roots can go down deep in the ground to get the water and nutrients they need, God instantly brought to my mind these verses: