One of the best ways to strengthen emuna is to open our eyes and observe Hashem's marvelous creations. The fact that the universe functions in such beautiful harmony leaves us with the only possible conclusion that One Master Creator is responsible. If everything were random - as some spiritually-blind people would contend - then the stars and planets would be colliding in space all the time. But, they don't! The Creator gives each star and planet its own unique path, making sure that they stay out of each other's way.
Look at photosynthesis; this exquisite natural process is mind-boggling in its simple brilliance. Simplicity and brilliance is The Creator's signature.
In case you never enjoyed botany or life sciences, but you'd like to learn about Hashem's world, then here's a lesson about photosynthesis in a nutshell:
Photosynthesis is the process that Hashem uses to feed most of the earth. By way of photosynthesis, green plants make carbohydrates such as glucose, using water from the soil, carbon dioxide from the atmosphere, and sunlight. Animals that consume plants also make use of this energy, as do humans that consume both plants and animals, thereby benefiting from photosynthesis both directly and indirectly. Here's how the process works in a nutshell:
- Chlorophyll absorbs the sun’s energy.
- It is this energy that is used to split water molecules into hydrogen and oxygen (remember that water is made up of hydrogen and oxygen).
- Oxygen is released from the leaves into the atmosphere.
- Hydrogen from the water soaked up by the plant's roots and carbon dioxide that results from the plant's respiration are used to form glucose or food for plants.
Photosynthesis performs another vital function in addition to manufacturing food: It generates the oxygen that oxygen-breathing animals need in order to survive. But here, we animals repay the favor. We exhale the carbon dioxide that plants need for photosynthesis.
Families, you can spend some quality time together, while learning about Hashem's wonderful secrets of the universe together, parents and children. Wait and see how marvelously this strengthens the family's emuna and the children's desire to learn.