Miracles and Change

MN 0809-2“All change is a miracle to contemplate; but it is a miracle which is taking place every instant.” Henry David Thoreau

The photo you see here is about change. One sumac leaf is red while the others are green. I know most people will think this is about fall, but this photo was taken in the summer way before fall colors start to appear. So why the change?

This was taken in Minnesota early in August. Minnesota had been experiencing a drought, which stresses plants. Stressed plants often shut off connections to leaves so as to conserve water.

To me that is remarkable, truly a miracle. Here we witness a system so carefully integrated that it is self-adjusting! Sometimes people will talk about how terrible certain weather can be. There is no doubt that it can make people suffer, yet God has built our world into an amazing system that adapts and adjusts to natural changes.

This is why I feel bad when I see what we, as God’s children, have done without understanding this miracle of life on our planet. We are capable of truly throwing a monkey-wrench into the gears of life on earth, and one of these monkey-wrenches is climate change that is faster than the God-made systems of life were ever designed to handle. We have taken His work for granted, and I do worry what God will think about us trashing his beautifully designed ecosystems.

— Rob