Fall is one of my favorite times of the year for a variety of reasons but those beautiful fall colors are one of the biggest. That process of changing colors is why I want to share a science lesson with you at this time. I used www.sciencemadesimple.com for my source because I hate science and that had a cool name. Okay, it also was at the top of my search results!
I am infatuated with the colors on display this time of year and we always schedule at least one long drive through the rural roads to savor the bursts of color. As I tried to work a way to use those fall leaves into the concept of volunteering I surprised myself by finding more than I was looking for. So this will be science lesson part one and we'll wrap it up in the next article.
Referencing the website now, and our elementary school days, but I'd forgotten most of that:
"Leaves are nature's food factories. Plants take water from the ground through their roots. They take a gas called carbon dioxide from the air. Plants use sunlight to turn water and carbon dioxide into oxygen and glucose. Oxygen is a gas in the air that we need to breathe. Glucose is a kind of sugar. Plants use glucose as food for energy and as a building block for growing."
I was struck with the fact that God even designed the plants to receive AND give. Did you catch it? Go back and read that last paragraph - I know, it looks technical and boring, but I even got it...remember, I hate science stuff. Plants TAKE water, they TAKE gas. They even use LIGHT (God is light) to turn what they have into what they GIVE...oxygen and glucose.
Does this sound a little bit like the Christian walk? It did to me. We all receive, whether it be from those around us, God or even our own hard work. But I believe we just might be designed to give back as well. Hmmm...give back, serve, volunteer...I see a connection.
Ooohhh...fall seems like a great time to think about that. As you watch the leaves start to turn colors in the next few weeks think about what you might give back to your church family, your community, your friends.
Science lesson #2 is coming soon. Get ready by watching the leaves and reflecting.