Our house is surrounded by trees which is lovely in the summer but troublesome in Autumn when we have to clear the leaves from gutters, paths and garden. The upside to this is, we get a much clearer view of the sea when the trees are bare. Every season has its benefits but sometimes we don’t appreciate them.
Trees don’t just appear big, strong and leafy but like everything, they grow from a seed. The great Oak grows from a small acorn.
Many years ago there was a TV series, Dr Quinn Medicine Woman and I want to share a segment with you on the Oak and the Acorn.
Dr Quinn’s best friend, Dorothy, has breast cancer. She doesn’t know how bad it is and is worried she may not have long to live. As she walks sombrely among the townspeople, who are enjoying a picnic, a ten year old boy called Brian runs up to her. “Hey, Miss Dorothy, look what I found.”
“Sully says if I plant one, it’ll grow as big as that old oak.”
“None of us will live to see it get that big, Brian,” says Miss Dorothy. “That oak is a hundred years old.”
“Oh,” Brian replies. Dejected, he puts the acorns in his pocket and walks back to his family, who are seated on a blanket. He tells his mother, Dr Quinn, “Miss Dorothy says there’s no use planting these acorns. She says none of us will ever get to see them grow that big.”
Dr Quinn takes an acorn from him and says, “Brian, you must plant it, because by next year it will have grown to your knees. The year after that, it will be taller than you. When it’s time to go courting, you can take your young lady for a picnic under it. Then, when you have children they could build a tree house on it. And some day you can tell your grandchildren how you planted it. When that tree gets to be a hundred, it doesn’t matter that you are not here to see it.” She places the acorn back in his hand and says. “All that matters is today. Today, you hold one hundred years in your hand.”
Robert Louis Stevenston says, “Don’t judge each day by the harvest you reap but by the seeds you plant.”
Life is so daily and I want to encourage you to continue sowing your seed. Don’t stop giving. Don’t stop serving. Don’t stop loving. Always be forgiving. Don’t quit. There is destiny in the seed.
“Most assuredly, I say to you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the ground and dies, it remains alone; but if it dies, it produces much grain.”
John 12:24 NKJV