This has been a very hot summer in Florida! Yes I know I live in the land of heat and humidity but is seems this year has been particularly hot and humid. One evening I ventured out into the fading heat and walked to the marina that is attached to our complex. Strolling along the dock, the breeze filtered through my hair and whispered softly on my face. It was lovely to watch the gray storm clouds swirl and listen as the breeze rustling through the leaves of the Mangrove trees. Despite the overwhelming summer heat, the water, sun and the multitude of colors always feeds my soul.
As a Christian, it is easy to imagine the sacrificial leaf as Jesus Christ taking the sin of the whole word to the cross and dying for us. Because of his sacrifice, we can trust in the grace and forgiveness of God’s love. Christ surrendered his freedom and suffered death and crucifixion for us. The Apostle Paul says is like this:
For what I received I (Paul) passed on to you as of first importance: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures… (1Cor. 15:3-4).
Watching the yellow sacrificial leaves float by me, I am reminded once again of the blessing it is that, unlike the leaves, Jesus did not stay dead. Yes he died for us, however through his resurrection his sacrifice was fulfilled. Just as the Mangrove trees flourish because of one leaf's sacrifice, we too can flourish because of Christ's sacrifice for us . Maybe instead of being called the “sacrificial leaf” it should be renamed the “leaf of great love.”