God and I


     I pluck an acorn from the green trees, and hold it to my ear; and this is what it says to me: "By and by I will furnish shade for the cattle.

     By and by I will provide warmth for the home in the pleasant fire.

     By and by I will be shelter from the storm to those who have gone under the roof.

     By and by I will be the strong ribs of the great vessels, and the tempest will beat against me in vain while I carry men across the ocean."

     "O foolish little acorn, wilt thou be all of this?" I asked. And the acorn answered, "Yes, God and I."

                                               -Lyman Abbott