Oak Leaf Tea


Ever pour your life into something, see it go nowhere, and file it away under “I wonder what that was all about?” That’s what I did over 35 years ago with a story called

The Odd Thing About Oak Leaf Tea.

I worked on the story off and on for several years. My writing group finally kidnapped me, locked me in a hotel room with a typewriter and a ream of paper, and refused to let me out until I finished the tale.

I populated my story with animals depicting various worldviews and then put them in the proximity of a magical oak tree. Once every hundred years the oak tree sprouted three bright green oak leafs that when brewed into tea gave the drinker unveiled sight to see the world as it really is.

I’ve always been intrigued with the notion that there is more to life than meets the eye. Like the writer of the Book of Hebrews, I believe faith resides in the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen (Hebrews 11:1).

Other writing projects and books came and went and Oak Leaf Tea sat tucked away in a file drawer–until a couple of months ago. The International School Project is seeing a flood of new opportunities around the world which has raised the need for a new elementary curriculum. As we explored story- lines to wrap our lessons around I remembered Oak Leaf Tea. Oddly enough, one of my “kidnappers” now oversees all ISP curriculum development. He had fond memories of Oak Leaf Tea and this coming week we hope to use these same stories into lessons for our next curriculum.

Will Oak Leaf Tea finally find its audience or return to its folder of unfinished business? That remains to be seen. What is certain is this–God treasures things hidden and brings them forth in His time for His purposes.