Lana Vaughan

The Queen of Questions

Viable Nut

Walking up from the lower field at our cabin I noticed an acorn. Not an unusual thing but it was lying on a small patch of ground surrounded but a icy cold mountain stream. The stream passes under the shadow of some mighty redwood trees and past our family cabin into the field beyond. I thought how ambitious of an acorn to put down roots under such less than perfect conditions. But just the sight of the acorn encouraged me greatly. You see, the old adage about a nut never falls far from the tree is very true. This acorn came from a white oak that did take root under less than perfect conditions and grew. It not only grew but it flurished enough to produce acorns. Looking at this lone little nut I wondered if it was a viable nut. I’m sure some have wondered the same about me at various times in my life. So I decided to plant it. To take it home in a plastic cup filled with soil from the mountain and raise up this little encourager.

As I re-launch my website today I am planting another kind of nut. “I tell you the truth, unless a kernel of wheat is planted in the soil and dies, it remains alone. But its death will produce many new kernels–a plentiful harvest of new lives.” John 12:24 NLT My old site is gone. As this new site grows, my prayer is that it will produce a plentiful harvest of new lives touched, encouraged, changed, and producing new harvest of their own.

It will take about 40 years for my little acorn to produce it’s first batch of viable nuts. That’s if it survives it’s time in a plastic up on my kitchen counter, I find a good place to plant it, the deer don’t eat it and it doesn’t suffer any untimely disasters. But still I plant and water and watch and wait.

“He shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that brings forth its fruit in its season, whose leaf also shall not wither; and whatever he does shall prosper.”
– Psalms, 1.3

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  1. Suzanne Parks

    How you take such a simple thing as a nut and make such a compelling statement is beyond me. You inspire me to take a moment in each day and truly capture God’s presence. Thank you.

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