Why Do Leaves Wilt?

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The lack of rain this summer has lead me to wonder, why did God create plants to wilt?

Clearly, the scientific explanation is that they don’t have enough water, but my question is one “meta” level higher. Surely, when God was creating the universe he could have created any number of scientific explanations for why plants wilt.Why wilting? Why not backwards growth into their seeds instead? (think Benjamin Button meets Timothy Green)

It’s kinda cool to think about huh?

Maybe it’s that wilting leaves are less likely to block any water that might be making its way towards the roots. With the leaves down, any and all water has clear passage to the center of the plant’s root system.

Or perhaps, wilting leaves serve to protect the stem of the plant from the attacks of the sun’s blistering rays. With less leaf surface area under the sun the photosynthesis process will be slowed, but it is better that the plant conserve the remaining water in the stem by covering it up.

Who knows which reasons God had for creating leaves that wilt, but the cool thing is that regardless of the reason, the Lord took the time to create them as such—just as he created and continues to tend to every detail of creation. And, if God tends to all these “lesser details” of Earth, surely he will tend to us, his children. This is Christ’s argument from his Sermon on the Mount:

“Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink, nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing? Look at the birds of the air: they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? And which of you by being anxious can add a single hour to his span of life? And why are you anxious about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin, yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these.

But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is alive and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will he not much more clothe you, O you of little faith? Therefore do not be anxious, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For the Gentiles seek after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them all. But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.

Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.”

Matthew 6:25-34 (ESV)

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