“Acorn from God”
Over 20 years ago, I was riding my bike in the forest and noticed an acorn lying in my path. It was too beautiful to leave behind, so placed it in my bike purse.
One very hot summer day, I stopped to watch a soccer game. I noticed a parent, her name is Boe. I had met her once before. We talked about art. But on this day, she was just shining with God’s light as she was lugging around a very large cooler for all of the children, despite her daughter not playing that day. The Holy Spirit said to me, “Now that is who I want to be friends with.” So I approach Boe, inviting her to join me in making an art entry for the ”Niles Art Bench Stop Project.” Then, with much belief and feeling, I begin to explain that God wants to bless her by doing this project and that I am positive she would be selected. Despite her doubts, she agreed to try.
In the weeks that followed, the Holy Spirit was very persistent reminding me to call Boe to be sure she made her entry. Overjoyed and blessed, we were both selected and we painted happily for hours in the garage. During this time, my husband replaced my old bike, and while emptying my bike purse I found that acorn. Unable to part with it, I placed it by our art supplies.
After our benches were completed, Boe and I had to work on a little bio of our lives, but instead I was filled with the Holy Spirit, and began to confess about the soccer game, God’s love for her, and then boldly expressed why she needs to go to church. Boe sadly responded that she did not deserve God’s favor; that she is still married yet separated, thus unable to attend church.
I resumed working on the bio, asking Boe about her past with art. Boe explained with much fondness her first art project as a little girl in Poland, making little people out of acorns. In an instant, it was so clear: that acorn is for Boe from God! After telling Boe about the acorn’s journey over 20 years to get to her, Boe began to weep.
Today Boe has her acorn proudly labeled “Acorn from God” in her home. Boe has returned to church with her children. Thank you God. ( You can see her 2 bench entries at the Niles Village Hall and in front of the Costco Gas station on Touhy in Niles.)
Janet Gonzalez is a wife and mother, and has been a Saint Juliana parishioner for 10 years.