Thursday, June 17, 2010

The Yellow Leaf

This is the Mangrove Tree. I was recently in Key West, Florida, and I learned that this is the only plant that is indigenous to the area. Everything else was imported. The reason this tree was the lone life form prior to inhabitants of this lush, beautiful place, is because there is no fresh water source here. The only source of water (prior to the commercialization) was salt water. And this magical tree had a unique way of turning that salt water into fresh water: the yellow leaf. These designated leaves soak up all the salt water, allowing the rest of the tree to have fresh water. As the leaf gets saturated with salt, it turns yellow, then dies; and is replaced by another one. What an interesting concept.....

The plant kingdom isn't the only example of this type of sacrifice. Military, fireman, policeman, and many types of volunteers come to mind. It is a very special quality to be sacrificial. Jesus is the largest example of this very selfless act. And like any martyr, there are always people who do not appreciate it.


  1. Wow, I lived in Key West for twenty years and never knew that! Wonder why? I forwarded you to my three best friends-one of whom was born on the island. Thanks for the info.

  2. Teri Yarborough6/21/2010 9:16 PM

    Well of course locals don't know stuff like that-only tourists learn stuff like that. We take those jet ski trips with guides, walk through historic places with guys who spew out rehearsed lines all day long, etc. Most of it is probably just stuff that locals roll their eyes at, but once in a while, there is a real gem like the yellow leaf. Neat story-for a very neat place!