by The Old Scot
What is so common as a leaf? Billions and billions of them upon our world-and every one of them is a miniature marvel!
Every leaf is a tiny factory, turning energy from sunlight into food for the parent plant, through the process of photosynthesis. Though plants soak up small amounts of nutrients, along with moisture, through their roots, yet by far the largest share of the necessary food is produced by their leaves.
But leaves do more than manufacture food for the host-plant: they are also crucial for many plants by augmenting their water intake. Some plans receive up to one-third of their water requirement through their leaves-though leaves also give off water vapor, and can throw the plant into stress when not enough water is available.
Still another function of leaves is to consume carbon dioxide from the air, and in return give off free oxygen. This serves a vital "scrubbing" function in our atmosphere, because humans and animals need oxygen, while exhaling carbon dioxide as a waste product. Thus the plant and animal domains work cooperatively, each using what the other discards and discarding what the other needs.
What a marvelous mechanism leaves are! We have to ask: How did they come about? Did they slowly evolve, over a million or a billion years? Impossible! The leaf had to be there, fully functioning, from the first existence of the very first plant-otherwise the plant could not have survived to propagate itself.
Let's say it again: If leaves had not been present to manufacture chlorophyll from the very first, the proto-plant would quickly have withered and starved to death. If the leaf "evolved," it had to do so in a matter of days, not long ages of time-but that would present an absurd view of evolution indeed!
The Bible offers a far more plausible explanation: "And God said, Let the earth bring forth grass, the herb yielding seed, and the fruit tree yielding fruit after his kind, whose seed is in itself, upon the earth': and it was so" (Gen. 1:11).
In other words, the Bible says plants were created as complete specimens, as fully-functioning units. Each had all its parts when it was made: root, stock, branch, and leaf-and thus was able to grow and to produce the next generation. And we see, upon taking thought, that this is the way it had to be.
The Bible also tells us that God made man in His own image-able to think and feel and love. God meant us to dwell with Him in loving companionship. But when sin came into the world it separated man from God, and continues to do so to this very day. Yet man still yearns for his Maker with part of his heart, even while he tries to silence his yearning with earthly satisfactions.
The psalmist David described his longing for God this way: "As the hart panteth after the water brooks, so panteth my soul after thee, O God. My soul thirsteth for God, for the living God" (Ps. 42:1-2).
And God, who provides the physical water for all living, gave us His Son, Jesus Christ, to satisfy our spiritual thirst.