March isn’t just for the Irish; anyone can appreciate the earth’s “wearin’ o’ the green.” Putting on the mantle is an obvious part of spring—leaves and grasses turning into various shades of emerald, jade, lime, and olive. Most of us give only a cursory consideration to the plant life that graces the earth. We might appreciate the carpeted beauty of grass, the shade a tree provides, or the blossoms they produce, and then we leave it at that. Even diehard gardeners may not stop to reflect upon the deepest treasure replete in the plants they cultivate. Yet if we remember a basic biology lesson regarding the wonderful life-giving purpose of plants and trees, we see them in a renewed light.
They take a little sunshine, a few carbon dioxide molecules out of the air, some hydrogen atoms out of water, and then shuffle them around inside green chloroplasts in the plant cells, and voila! We get their products of glucose and oxygen, two necessary components to our existence.
In God’s marvelous ecological economy, green plants, and trees were created as our necessary counterpart—they breathe in the carbon dioxide we make and exhale the oxygen we need. Martin Luther said, “In the true nature of things . . . every green tree is far more glorious than if it were made of gold and silver.”
If I see some people hugging trees or watering even weeds, I know they appreciate how precious our green earth is.
The trees of the LORD are watered abundantly, the cedars of Lebanon that he planted