Thursday, November 6, 2008

Things That Go Bump in the Night


Don't you just hate to hear things that go bump in the night? I do! But I've been hearing them a lot lately! The first time it happened I almost jumped out of my skin! It sounded like a rifle shot! But no....it was an ACORN falling from a high branch of the oak tree onto our tin roof. The first acorn fell and landed with a loud BOOM! Soon another fell. Then another. You would think that I would eventually get used to the sound but it still makes me jump almost every time!

Last night the wind got up pretty high and I could hear acorns falling by the dozens. Instead of just an occasional "boom" there was a constant "rat-a-tat-tat" on the old tin roof! My first thought was that I was glad I wasn't standing out there under the tree getting hit by them! ha I'm actually still hearing them falling as I write tonight!

This morning as I walked in our driveway I looked at the acorns strewn on the ground and then at the tall oak tree in the bend of our driveway. When our children were small they had a swing made from an old tire hanging from one of it's large limbs. To this day we still call it the "tire swing tree" even though it's been years since the swing came down. The tattered remains of a once proud yellow bow still hang on the side of this mighty oak. I placed the large yellow ribbon bow there when our oldest son was sent on his first deployment to Iraq with the Marines five years ago and I just have never been able to take it down. A sentimental old tree is the "tire swing tree". But I digress down memory lane!

As I said, this morning I looked at the acorns and I looked at the mighty oak tree. It just seems so awesome that something that big can come from something that small. But shouldn't that give us hope? When I talk to people about God they sometimes turn away or scoff and I am tempted to think..."What's the use? What I can do seems so little." But then I remember that I am just called to sow a seed of faith. Some other Christian will come along and water that seed. Then God will give the increase. He can make something big out of my something little. I remember the song that says, "Little is much when God is in it". My hope is that someday a gospel seed I have planted in some boy or girl, man or woman, will grow into a big and mighty faith that will be strong enough to withstand the storms that life brings.

I Corinthians 3: 7 So then neither is he that planteth any thing, neither he that watereth; but God that giveth the increase.

Let us keep "planting" and "watering" as laborers together for Christ!

Marilyn

5 comments:

Kay Martin said...

Yes, God uses the small things to do amazing works. Recently I thought of the Scripture that we all have a measure of faith and Jesus made reference to the tiny mustard seed/tree. Your word picture of acorn and oak tree are like this. Loved this; hope you can sleep through the acorn attack from now on.

Deborah said...

Amen!

Aliene said...

Good writing, Marilyn. You never know when you plant a seed how God may use that thing to encourage you years later. Sometimes we feel it may bein vain, but nothing dome for the Lord is fruitless. Have a blessed day.

elaine @ peace for the journey said...

The trees you seeded in the past and are currently seeding through your tireless work with humanity are already in bloom and will continue to do so, long after you've walked home to Jesus.

Thank you for your faithfulness, especially to the unborn.

Happy Monday.

peace~elaine

Joyful said...

Marilyn, this is the second post I've read today re: sowing and reaping. And....tomorrow I'm teaching on that parable at Bible study.

God promises the harvest and He who promises is faithful. Though seasons of sowing can seem overwhelmingly difficult and the seed may appear to sit dormant for years, God is producing the crop.

Believing with you and trusting God,
Joy