What if the acorn was afraid of change?
The tiny acorn does not fear the future. It knows that within itself there is greatness. The sapling does not ask, “Is this enough, can I stop growing now?” The ancient oak does not falter and say, “I am ready to retire, can I just be a tree and sway in the wind?”
The old oak tree does not complain, “Oh, I have been through so much! I have been tormented by mighty wind gusts so powerful that my roots were barely able to cling to the soil. I have endured the fiercest of lightning strikes, nearly splitting me in two. I have faced hail that beat at me in anger, and fire so hot that I was scorched from the flames. Torrential rain and floods have swamped me. I am only a tree and I am tired, may I quit being a tree? I don’t matter. I do not make a difference.”
No, the mighty oak never complains. Its rings tell a story of age, drought, rains, lightning and more. Its bark is marked with battles old and new. Its limbs in some places are deformed and awkward, but it continues to grow and become the tree it was meant to be.
When the mighty oak was just a little sapling, it learned to sway in the wind hoping to be mighty one day. Its roots clung to the soil as the gusts tested the young tree. When it was a little larger, birds would swoop in to use its limbs and leaves for shelter in the rain. As it continued to grow it became a home to varieties of birds and squirrels, each making nests and growing families in the safety of the oak’s sprawling limbs. It is a place of life and love. It is where, under its big canopy, children play and build dreams. It is shade for a picnic or passing animals. Its strong limbs hold swings that lift the spirits of children as their feet reach to touch the sky. In its tallest branches, the mighty oak holds the all-seeing owls and collects the sunlight for the world.
In its age, the mighty oak is a place of memories and reflection. It is a reminder of time and beauty. It holds secrets to the past that only the tree can hold. It is deeply rooted and strong. It provides comfort, shade, peace, and beauty to all who are in its presence.
The mighty oak doesn’t ask to stop growing, for it grows as long as it can. And in each stage, it reveals more of its truth and capacity for life. Even through tribulation and adversity, it grows. While the adversity may be part of its story, it is a story of victory and courage and a testimony that life goes on after the storm, and that there is still more to do in the life of a tree.
What if the acorn was afraid of change? Its purpose will never unfold unless it is watered, nourished and cracks open to release the sapling. It knows that to grow into its future, it must let go of its past. For the acorn knows its truth and purpose, and will continue to grow all the days of its life.
“To grow, you must be willing to let your present and your future to be totally unlike your past. Your history is not your destiny.” –Alan Cohen
Jim Rohn ponders, “Every life form seems to strive to its maximum except human beings. How tall will a tree grow? As tall as it possibly can. Human beings, on the other hand, have been given the dignity of choice. You can choose to be all you can be or, you can choose to be less. Why not stretch up to the full measure of the challenge and see what all you can do.”
How tall will you grow?