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Be an Oak

Chaplain Ronnie Melancon

Chaplain Ronnie Melancon

It was around 1981-82 that I decided I would quit my job to pursue the full-time ministry of an Evangelist. I had been taught by my Pastor that you never make major changes without prayer and fasting. I had a wife and two children at this time (my youngest was not yet born), and this decision would seriously affect their lives. I had to know it was God directing me.

I took a few days off of work, and went on a prayer and fasting retreat to the Bogalusa Bible Conference. Back in those days, young ministers were allowed to sleep in the basement to save from a Hotel bill.

Oak Tree

My mind was pretty made up, but I needed to be sure. During a break from a session, an elder Minister who barely new me called me to him. He told me, “Bro. Ronnie, a mushroom comes up over-night and is practically full grown, but it’s a mushroom. In no time it will be gone. But an oak tree takes years to grow. You go back to Thibodaux and be an oak tree.”

I knew immediately the Lord was answering my question. It was not His will for me to travel around this nation Evangelizing at this time. I listened, but I must admit somewhat reluctantly.


I have Pastored now for many years here in my hometown. I am a blessed man, and all my children and their families are in church serving the Lord with my wife and I. I am convinced that my pursuit for His perfect will has blessed our lives.

I encourage you to seek God in your decisions for life. Don’t be hasty and wind up a mushroom. Pursue God’s will for you, accept it, and be an oak.

Lord Bless,

Chaplain Ronnie Melancon

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