“To grant to those who mourn in Zion—to give them a beautiful headdress instead of ashes, the oil of gladness instead of mourning, the garment of praise instead of a faint spirit; that they may be called OAKS of righteousness, the planting of the Lord, that he may be glorified.” (Isaiah 61: 3)
For an oak tree to mature it takes decades. These oak trees are one of the major reasons of strength and splendor to the forest. Their survival can last up to 800 years. This peculiar creation of God is so profound and the fruit that oaks produce are called acorns.
Every growing Christian man and woman takes years or hard circumstances to mature. Sometimes after going through so much our lives are allowed to flaunt like an oak tree. But suddenly, or even slowly, there can be moments where we are feeling or experiencing such groaning of loss, pain, hopelessness, despair, boredom, worthlessness, lack and blankness. What we see in front of us, around us and right next to us, is a closed door. In that moment, the silence of a God who loves to talk to us seems highly questionable.
That question inevitably comes out, takes room, flows out as tears and the waiting, the pain and things around seems like the worst God can allow.
A Good God?
A Faithful One?
What about all that He promised?
SILENCE. Oh, that deafening silence is unbearable. It’s maddening.
When an oak tree falls the whole forest trembles, and thunders. Just like when the door of “goodness” shuts out on our face. We may never understand why our world fell apart with God in the picture. But the acorns, those fruits of faith, are whisked and scattered across the forest to grow more oak trees. So one closed door leads to many doors to open up, for the glory of God.
Through the fall or shortages, we have two truths to understand – God is Sovereign and His plans are Profound. The Potter knows what He is doing and He knows to allow things to lead to the best. Though nothing might make sense now, there will come a moment to when we will know the necessity of the closed door. Even when God does what He pleases, His plans will conclude no harm, but prosperity. A kind of prosperity, not as this world defines, but that shows up when the POTTER molds.
When our world shakes, or stays stagnant, let us be reminded that acorns are in our tongue and actions. Let them scatter to ends of the forest. Let the fall not tell you it is over, but rather show you what God sees from His Holy place.