Did your children ever collect anything when they were little? My son, Sam, used to love to gather acorns. I think it started when he was about two years old. When he would go to my parent’s house to visit, he and my mom would gather acorns and put them in a sand bucket. It was their special thing they did together.
We moved to Georgia when Sam was three. I took the kids to the park close to our house to take a break from unpacking. Sam explored the playground while I pushed Laura in the swing. He walked up with a handful of acorns and asked me if he could send them to Grandma. I nearly burst into tears right there. Since then, every time I see an acorn, I think of Sam and my mom.
In order for an oak tree to grow, the acorn must first break open and then the growth process begins.
We are a lot like acorns. We may feel small and insignificant; however, when we allow the Lord to break us, He can then bless us and grow us into the man or woman He has called us to be. We only grow out of brokenness.
In Matthew 26:26 we see the Lord taking the bread of the new covenant and breaking it before the disciples and using it to feed them. In Luke 9:13-16 we read the story of Jesus taking the five loaves and two fish and blessing them and breaking them and using them to feed over 5,000 people.
It is the act of total surrender and the blessing of the Lord that makes great things come about from so little.
Maybe you feel like Gideon. In Judges 6:12, he is greeted by the Lord’s angel with,
The Lord is with you mighty warrior.”
Gideon didn’t see himself as mighty or a warrior. He protested and basically said, Hey, look, I’m the runt of the liter. What can I do? Yet the Lord used him to deliver his people from the enemy’s hands defeating a far larger army.
What has the Lord called you to do that has you saying Who me? Is there something before you that looks completely impossible to accomplish? Do you feel you have little to offer the Lord? It doesn’t matter what your situation is, if you will willingly surrender to the Lord, He will take what you give, break it and bless it and then use it to bless the world.
You may look in the mirror and see an acorn, but when the Lord looks at you, He sees a mighty oak tree. Are you be willing to believe?