I love those God moments when something happens that you can’t explain any other way. When it literally brings a huge smile across your face that nothing in the world can wipe off.
Today didn’t start out as the kind of day that I would have expected God to move through me. I wasn’t filled with joy and excitement or the Holy Spirit driving to work. In fact, I was tired and burdened. Feeling a bit out of it. I had made the mistake of checking my Blackberry on the way into work and saw that in addition to the usual stressful work emails, there were also ministry emails piling up. Things requiring responses. I could feel everything piling on me, literally weighing on me. My spirit was not at rest.
I had made the plans to meet with my friend W for lunch, but I knew that today things would be cutting it close. I was late meeting her because it was “one of those kind of mornings.” One thing after another thing after another coming across my desk. By the time, I got to lunch, I wasn’t really in the mood to talk much.
I kept thinking about the clock. What time was it? Another email came in saying I had a new meeting at 1:30. There wasn’t much time.
We started to talk, catch up about life. To be honest, at first, it was a little half-hearted on my part. There was so much piling up, so many things I felt the need to control and stay on top of, that I wasn’t really present in the conversation. But things started to open up.
I asked W because she had told my wife Rachel that she had met someone and was praying through whether or not they should date. W started telling me a little about him, where he was from, where they were at, what the situation was like. How he had a story like mine and was working through some personal struggles of his own before they could date. She thought given what I had in common with him in terms of my past and my story that she was hoping I would keep him in prayer.
You can ask my wife, but I have one of the worst memories of anyone I know. Maybe it’s because of all the things I’m juggling all the time, but whatever the reason, I hate telling people I will pray for a situation because I know I always forget to. So I always try to pray right then and there, on the off chance I forget to pray later.
I said, “let’s pray right now.” And so we started to pray for him. I was blessing his walk with the Lord, declaring God’s plan over his life, declaring break through and healing from his issues and a release into his Godly destiny.
I was nearing the end of what was on my spirit to pray, when all of a sudden I got a random image for him. It was so random and weird and unrelated I thought to myself “maybe don’t even say it, just finish up.” But it was very clear, and considering I wasn’t even asking the Lord for an image, and it came out of nowhere, I thought I should probably share.
“I don’t know why,” I started saying, “but I see acorns.”
W started laughing really loudly, yelling “that is so of the Lord! Haha, I can’t believe it.”
Surprised, I opened my eyes. “Wait, what?” I said. She was ecstatic. I asked her why.
She told me that when she was at home recently visiting her family on the other side of the country, they have a lot of huge trees in their yard, and it was that season of the year where acorns were all over the place. Over the patio, over the grass, under the trees. Acorns everywhere.
She and the guy ended up talking about all the acorns by phone one day, and he was really into it, kept talking about acorns, texting her about it for days. They had connected about acorns of all things.
Since she was about to see him again soon, her plan was to surprise him with some acorns from her yard as a gift.
I was blown away. I couldn’t stop smiling and laughing. “Well that’s a confirmation for you,” I said. We laughed and laughed at God’s goodness.
When you think about it, how specific and random is that for God to give someone that image? Out of all the things He was managing around the world, over all the prayers He was answering, over all the people He was watching over and ministering to, He remembered W’s acorn. And He wanted to encourage and bless her in this moment.
As far as I know, there are no acorns in LA. At least, I have never seen them. And in fact, I actually don’t think I’ve ever seen a real acorn in my life. I don’t even know what kind of tree they come from. But what I do know is that the God we serve knows everything about us, everything that we are going through. Every worry we have, every thought we have, is like a tattoo on His enormous heart for us. He doesn’t miss a single detail. Never has and never will. And sometimes, when we least expect it, He sends us a reminder like this that He is still watching over us. Now that is love.
Image credit: Flickr / The Garden Smallholder