Children's Bible Ministry of Connecticut, USA

Autumn Leaves

trees2.wmf (3356 bytes)Were you told that Jack Frost paints the autumn leaves? Actually a severe early frost kills the leaves before they can turn color. The yellow pigments in almost all foliage are present in the inside cells, but are masked or hidden all summer by the rich green pigments. When the life in the leaf cell goes, so does the green and the gold comes out. Leaves turn yellow in a drought.

maplelf2.wmf (5450 bytes)Light is essential in bringing out reds and purples. Thus, sunny autumns are the most brilliant. A lack of nitrogen is also helpful to bring out high color, which is why the colors are high in New England, the southern Appalachians and the Great Lakes of the United States.

Maplelf.wmf (6200 bytes)Sugar in the sap brings out the red. Leaf1.wmf (12512 bytes) The sugar maple is king of autumn foliage. It is the same with acid. As acids turn litmus paper pink, so they turn leaves red. There are also other chemicals responsible for browns and purples.

It is the variation in circumstances and the inner make up that makes for the beauty of autumn. So, too, it is with life, my friend. God has made you to be you. Do you think you are are too tall, too short? too young? or too old? Is your nose too long? or too short? Do you have too many freckles? or too few? Is your hair black or brown or red? God has made you like you are. Be thankful. God has a purpose in you and for you. And just as the light brings out the brilliance in the autumn leaves, so the Light of God=s presence in the human heart and life through faith in the Lord Jesus Christ brings out the brilliance of the design and purpose of God in your life. God has made you for Himself, and you will never know full beauty until you know Him.

"I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made: marvellous are thy works; and that my soul knoweth right well"
Psalm 139:14.

"For God, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, hath shined in our hearts, to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ. But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellency of the power may be of God, and not of us."                                                 
2 Corinthians 4:6-7

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