I was doing a little work in my flowerbed this morning and pulled up this little Water Oak. I think people call trees like this “volunteers” because they just sprout up on their own, without being planted. It is fascinating to see that it is still attached to the acorn. I was reminded of the saying, “Great oaks from little acorns grow.” I like this saying, and think about it whenever I am beginning a big task. But this morning I was thinking about our own little acorns…our grandchildren that are too quickly growing into oaks.
I know I sound really old here, but where did the time go? It seems like only a short time ago when they were all little, and now the youngest is finishing elementary school this month. I am especially thinking of the two graduations we will celebrate in the next few days.
Tomorrow will be Jack Foster Day as he graduates from OU. Oh how we celebrate this graduation! The tiny acorn that was once a preschooler has now completed college. But then overnight he will turn into an acorn again as he begins his working life, and he is stressing a bit about finding a job. To Jack I want to say, don’t worry about your first job. Trust me, it will not be your last. It used to be that people got a job, worked at it for thirty years, got a gold watch, and retired. But things have changed. In our current age, people change careers (not just jobs) three times during their working lifespan. “Just get a degree,” we told him. A degree is a ticket. You will figure it out.
When I was forty-eight I enrolled in two classes at what was then Tulsa Junior College. I wanted to get the degree I never got when I was young. There was a verse from the Bible that was a source of encouragement to me, and I share it today with Jack:
Do not despise these small beginnings, for the LORD rejoices to see the work begin, Zech. 4:10
My small beginning was a little acorn that grew into a Ph.D. Jack, just put one foot in front of the other and trust that the Lord will lead you to the place you need to be. I can already see the might oak you will become.
Our other graduate is Ellie Grace Herrold who graduates from Bishop Kelly next Friday. We have watched you blossom, Girl! There are so many wonderful experiences ahead as you enter Belmont University in the fall. You have exciting plans, and I can’t wait to watch them unfold. I have shared many verses with you in the last days…I want to make sure I tell you everything I am supposed to share with you. So this one more verse I give you as you spread your wings:
May he give you the desire of your heart and make all your plans succeed. Psalm 20:4
We cover all our children, grandchildren, and our great-grands in prayer…even our unborn little girl. We have a lot of moving parts in our family, and some of our acorns get more prayer than others depending on what season they are in. I am so grateful that I can trust a God who loves them even more than I do. To all of them, my prayer for you is to stay in God’s Word. That is the way for an oak tree to grow and flourish.
But they delight in the law of the LORD, meditating on it day and night. They are like trees planted along the riverbank, bearing fruit each season. Their leaves never wither, and they prosper in all they do. Psalm 1:2-3