I wrote a post a little while back called Acorn. (You can read about it here) In that post I talked about how an oak tree finds its beginning in an acorn. It’s hard to believe that a tree as tall as an oak tree starts inside something as tiny as an acorn. Everything that has to pertain to an oak tree is already inside of the acorn.
I got to thinking about that and I thought about it some more and this thought popped into my head. We too are like an acorn. Just like everything for an oak tree is inside of an acorn, God has placed everything that we need for our lives inside of us. In other words, it’s already in you. I can prove it.
All throughout Genesis chapter 1, whatever God created had everything it needed already locked up inside of it. God created the land then He told it to bring forth the trees, plants, and flowers that were already inside of it and it did. God created the water then He told it to bring forth all the fish and sea creatures that were already inside of it and it did. Even when it came to creating man, God had already put everything inside of him that he would need. Thus came woman which literally means “out of man.”
So if everything we need in our lives has already been placed inside of us, why do we still wander through life lacking in some areas? I’m glad you asked. I believe there are three different factors that come into play in why what is in us stays locked up inside of us.
I believe there are certain people that we cross paths with in our lives that can either water or even trample what God has placed inside of us if we allow them to. Just like the acorn needs to be watered in order to spring forth the oak tree that is inside of it, we need certain people to come along to water the potential the God has put inside of us. The apostle Paul refers to this as “fanning the flame.” (See 2 Timothy 1:6) People water our lives with encouragement. Some people water our lives with service. And even others water our lives with finances. But just like people can come into our lives and fan the flame, others can come and put the fire out. We can allow other people to label us. We can allow people to steal our joy by listening to their negative criticism. We can allow our potential to be trampled by the #hashtags that people give to us. The difficult task we have is determining which people we need to allow remain in our lives because they came to feed our passion and which people we need to let go or turn a deaf ear to because they are trying to put the fire out. The choice is yours. Do you want to be watered or do you want to be trampled?
In order for an acorn to produce the oak tree that is inside of it, it must first be buried in the ground and die. This does not sound like a glorious process. Sometimes in our lives we must experience pain in order to produce potential. I workout on a fairly regular basis in order to keep myself in shape. But in order to produce the shape I am in now, I had to endure the pain I experienced when I first started. You have a choice to make. You can decide to push through the temporary pain or you can sit comfortably on the sidelines of life never experiencing the potential that is inside of you. The guy we mentioned before in the previous point, the apostle Paul, also wrote “I consider that our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us.” (Romans 8:18 NIV) Just like a woman has to temporarily endure labor pains in order to birth a child, we too have to experience pain temporarily in order to produce our purpose. The hope we have to hold onto is that their is a purpose to our pain. We don’t just experience pain in our lives for no reason. The temporary pain produces an eternal purpose.
This might be the toughest pill to swallow. We live in a world where everything has to happen in an instant. We have instant messaging. We have instant coffee. We have instant savings. We even have Instagram. In every aspect of our lives we want to experience instant gratification. The only problem with this is that it takes time for an acorn to become an oak tree. It’s not an overnight sensation. It took a lot of times going to the gym in order to get in the shape I am now. The process is seed-time-harvest. What we want to do is take time out of the equation and just have the process be seed-harvest. We don’t want to have to wait in order to produce the product that is inside of us. Just like the acorn can’t produce an oak tree without first going through the process, we can’t produce our purpose without going through the process.
So can you determine which people in your life are there to help you produce and which people are hindering your purpose? Can you push through the temporary pain that you are experiencing in your life? Can you endure through the process even though it may take a while? Cause if you can, you will unlock the purpose that was already in you.