The acorns pound off the metal roof of the porch at this time of year. If you are one who is prone to being startled, it will happen as you sit on the porch. Soft music, beautiful breeze, gorgeous sky, magnificent trees stretching up into the blue of the sky…and BAM…another acorn makes it's descent to the earth.
I was standing out behind the camper, looking off into the woods. Suddenly, with a muffled thumping sound, another acorn fell to the ground and rolled near my feet. I had been contemplating the changing seasons, and the seasons of my life. I had been contemplating the leaves and their changing colors, their disconnection from the tree, and their aerial descent to the ground. Then the acorn fell.
“Next year’s seed.” God dropped into my heart with words almost audible; certainly audible to my spirit. “Next year’s seed.” Meaning in that moment began to flood my soul.
As I pondered the acorn, “Next year’s seed”, I stepped back into the porch. BAM! BAM! BAM! BAM! BAM! Five acorns rifled off the roof of the porch in such quick succession they sounded like a machine gun! They were so loud, so abrupt, that it even startled me, and I do NOT startle easily!
God’s truth about the acorn, “Next year’s seed”, rifled off of my heart, and startled me. So often, when things are going on in our life, some as if they are out of control, as if some things are dying and we do not fully understand why, God is still in on it, and there is promise, even in the changes and transformations, in the season that seems like it is bringing death, and even death upon death. God is planting in you, in your circumstances, a seed for next year.
“Next year’s seed.” It will go through a winter, too, and so might you. Before the “good” God is working into you appears, before the seed is fully embedded and germinates in you, before any life at all appears, sometimes more “death” occurs…the winter sets in, the wind blows, the snows pile up, and the time stretches on.
But the potential and hope and purpose of the acorn does NOT change. It’s function is mandated by God. God’s intent will be seen in the spring; well, the beginning of His intent will be seen in the spring! Hope will be renewed! We will be delighted, even surprised, on what springs forth from the ground…that started in the fall, that started in seeming death, that started from an acorn.
In the picture I took, I purposely looked for and left the shadows. In every story told, in every parable related, there are subtleties hidden in the shadows that each of us must find.They are God’s applications in our own lives; I hope you will hear what God said to me, but I hope more that you will hear the whispers of the Spirit from the shadows into your own heart today!