Bean Sprouts and Lost Children

What life lesson can we learn from two beans? Give me a couple of minutes to try and show you!

"And these words that I command you today shall be on your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise. You shall bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes. You shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates." (Deuteronomy 6:6-9)

When my daughter, Alisa, was in grade school she was given a science project to do at home. The instructions were:

  1. Take two bean seeds and plant them in exactly the same type of container using the exact same type of soil.
  2. Give each of these potted seeds the exact same amount of water on a daily basis.
  3. Record what happens over the next 30 days. Especially by taking precise measurements once the beans begin to grow.
  4. On day one, predict which bean sprout will be the biggest at the end of 30 days.

Pretty simple! There was one major difference between the two "beans" though. One container was to be placed in a widow sill with good access to sunlight and the other was to be placed in a closet with no sun.

We talked about it and finally she decided that the one on the window sill would be bigger than the one in the closet. Her reasoning was that by having access to the sun it would grow and the one without the sun wouldn't grow! Sound reasoning, I felt proud. I'd taught my daughter to think critically.

Unfortunately, that's not what happened. I can't remember exactly, but I'm pretty sure that they both broke ground very close to the same time. But, over the next few days something very interesting happened. The one in the closet grew to be 3 times larger than the sprout in the sun. Amazing, right?! Who would have thought, plant your seeds in a closet and watch them grow much faster than if you planted them in the yard. Wrong answer!

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