It is autumn in New England and on a day where the breeze is beginning to carry fluttering leaves to the ground, I We to block the moisture from the earth around its roots, no weighty mass for snow to cling to and pull its branches downward in a storm. Not only an interesting fact to me but something with great relevence to the life of a tree.
Last spring as I was watching the same leaves that are now preparing to fall, while they unfolded their pale shades of waxy green, I was startled by the realization that everything, with the exceptions of the evergreens, in the approaching world of summer was new. Not revitalized or reshaped, but new, new in every sense of the word. New leaves were sprouting from new seedlings with new stems, all formed, not from life-wearied materials but from new cells dividing into more cells. They build structures, at first weak and tender, then substantial and strong, determined, it woud seem, to survive and reproduce before it was time for them to drain their nutritiant-filled fluids back into the soil where their roots had soaked up the food that had allowed them to grow.
Every living plant, every spot and strip of green except for the evergreens, and even they drop their needles and replace them each year, was completely new and each had renewed itself in the same way for centuries. How clever of them--or of their creator.
We live in a world that was created long ago, but that beginning was prepared in such a way that, without any additions of foreign fertilizers, borrowed or confiscated moisture, strange happenings that occured in ways contrary to earthly laws, life prospers basically unchanged and without need of other-worldly actions. Certainly some of the occurences were accomplished through the previously established laws that were not always understood, but basically, the world has trived for centuries with autumn leaves changing colors then falling to the earth to disintergrate and provide the necessities for the young seedings that would follow. Heavenly Father prepared the earth and the things upon it to do just that throughout the earth's existence. That has to be one of the least acknowledged miracles that I know of. I think of the tons of leaves and weeds that yearly grow and die and I am amazed.
Since He could create such a world as this, I won't be worrying about His ability to take care of us.