A leaf has one purpose, to receive light from the sun and convert it to sugar which the tree exchanges for water from the root. The leaf buds as a tender shoot, but matures and reaches toward the brightest position in the sunlight it’s position on its branch and limb allow. Some limbs become shaded and eventually dry up, new ones sense the light and spring forth from the trunk. At the end of its season the leaves change color and shrivel from the colder climate and reduced moisture. Eventually, they break loose and fall to the ground in winter’s long sleep. The leaves are transformed into nutrients for the roots that once gave and received from the leaves. It is the root which sustains the tree through seasons and years. Leaves fulfill a marvelous purpose in both seasons from light to darkness of sleeps decay. New generations of leaves come every season, budding out, swaying in the breeze with a beauty and unique makeup that serves its purpose through life and death.
There is a spiritual connection to all of Creation. This world was made in dualism with light and dark, waking and sleeping, seasons hot/dry and cold/wet, male and female, good and bad, life and death, righteousness and wicked, right appendages and left, and many more, but it is not a repudiation of the One God, nor evidence of Yen and Yang. Dualism was created by God, so that mankind would reach out, seek Him and know that it is He who made us. Creations testimony is of God almighty, “For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature—have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that people are without excuse.” (Romans 1:20) Yeshua, (Jesus’ Hebrew name) illustrated our relationship to God with plants, “I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing. If you do not remain in me, you are like a branch that is thrown away and withers; such branches are picked up, thrown into the fire and burned. If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you.”(John 15:5-7) God is bringing everything to completion and rebirth into Holiness, with the destruction of the enemy, his followers, sin and lastly death. The dualism in Creation will made new, eternal: “Then the angel showed me the river of the water of life, as clear as crystal, flowing from the throne of God and of the Lamb down the middle of the great street of the city. On each side of the river stood the tree of life, bearing twelve crops of fruit, yielding its fruit every month. And the leaves of the tree are for the healing of the nations. No longer will there be any curse. The throne of God and of the Lamb will be in the city, and his servants will serve him. They will see his face, and his name will be on their foreheads. There will be no more night. They will not need the light of a lamp or the light of the sun, for the Lord God will give them light. And they will reign for ever and ever.” (Revelation 22:1-5)