From time to time, the ‘old’ Biology teacher in me surfaces. I taught High School Biology and Chemistry for a time after I graduated from Asbury College. Those were pleasant days and have provided me many fond memories. Sometimes a random event will trigger in my mind a life principle that I taught in those days.
Not long ago, I was sitting on the porch of a cottage on Mobile Bay, admiring two magnificent, large Magnolia trees. The deep green leaves and fragrant white flowers glistened in the morning sun. They stood as a testimony to the creative genius of the Heavenly Father. The words of Jesus came to mind, “Consider the lilies, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin; and yet I say to you, even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these” (Luke 12:27 NKJV).
Looking at these large and beautiful trees, I started to wonder how could they grow and prosper in the sandy, poor soil so close to the shore line. My mind harkened back to Biology classes had I taught. The answer is ‘photosynthesis’. Photosynthesis is the process by which green plants and certain other organisms transform light energy into chemical energy. During photosynthesis in green plants, light energy is captured and used to convert water, carbon dioxide, and minerals into oxygen and energy-rich organic compounds. Oh, the unfathomable design of our Creator! Using light from the sun, these marvelous trees produce energy to live on and as a by-product give off oxygen essential for so many other forms of life. In addition, the Magnolia blossoms fill the air with fragrance.
I see the ‘common thread’ of our Creator running through all of His creation. Like the Magnolias, if we turn our life toward the Light, which is the Son of God, we will prosper. In poor soil or rich, we can grow by His design into something beautiful. It’s kind of like photosynthesis in our soul. The Light of Christ gives us the energy of eternal life. “Again Jesus spoke to them, saying, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life” (John 8:12). A by-produce of a life in Christ, like oxygen produced in plants, is the gift of helping others and making the world a ‘better’ place for all around us.
God bless the Magnolias and God bless all who live in the light of Christ. May the fragrance of their love and service touch a hurting world.