E-votional - An Oak
July 15, 2002

"And he told them many things in parables, saying: “Listen! A sower went out to sow."

Matthew 13:3 (NRSV)


   Some lessons, like jokes are best when they are not explained. The easiest way to kill a joke is to explain it after it is told. But some jokes, like lessons are so powerful and worth sharing that it is important to explain them if they are misunderstood. So here goes. Be an oak tree, not a rain lily.

Hear the Good News. Rain lilies come up after a good rain and stay for a while, until they get too hot or do not get the water they need. They grow practically anywhere and may stay dormant for years. Oak trees, once they find good soil, they may struggle with a lack of rain, but they reach for the sky. If they soil is hard, the roots push that much harder. They last through droughts and floods alike. Even a fire won't necessarily bring their end. Moreover they produce and are balanced. As their branches reach up and out, so do the roots. We are to find good soil, a good church, community of faith and even work place. Those you work with are as formational as those in your home and church. Your communities of faith are places for all to grow. As we grow, we are to expand our sphere of influence. And though there will be dry times and times of challenge, we are to hold fast to the roots we have developed and continue to develop. Do not become dormant or have shallow roots. Be anchor and have an anchor too. Finally, once you have been sown, begin to sow also.


   Gracious God, You have sown me in fertile soil. Though I have not always enjoyed the fertilizer of life, I know You have a plan for me and a need of me. Let me be anchored by Your Word, and help me be an anchor for others. Thank You for all that You have done in my life and all You will continue to do, for ask this through Christ, my Lord and Savior. Amen.