Once there were three trees on a hill in the woods. They were discussing their hopes and dreams.
The first tree said, “Some day I hope to be a treasure chest. I would be filled with gold, silver and precious gems, I could be decorated with intricate carvings and everyone would see my beauty.”
The second tree said, “Someday I will be a mighty ship. I will take Kings and Queens across the seas and sail to the corners of the earth. Everyone will feel safe in me because of the strength of my hull.”
Finally the third tree said, “I want to grow to be the tallest and straightest tree in the forest. People will see me on top of the hill and will look up to my branches, and think of the heavens and how close I am to reaching them. I will be the greatest tree of all time and people will always remember me.”
The trees prayed that their dreams would come true. After a few years, a group of woodcutters came upon the trees. When one of then came to the first tree he said, “This looks like a strong tree, I do think that I would be able to sell this tree to a carpenter.” And he began to cut the tree down. The tree was very happy because it knew that a carpenter could make it into a treasure chest for precious gems and metals.
Seeing the second tree, another woodcutter said. “This looks like a strong tree too, I should be able to sell this tree to a shipyard.” The second tree was even more happy than the first tree because it knew that it was on its way to becoming a mighty ship.
When the other woodcutter saw the third tree, the tree was frightened because he heard the woodcutter say, “I don’t have any special need for this tree, so I’ll just cut it down and see later if I will have any need of it.” The third tree thought that its dreams would not come true!
When the first tree arrived at the carpenters, he was made into a feed-box for animals. He was then placed in a barn and filled with hay. This was not what the first tree had dreamed about or prayed for, and it was very disappointed. The second tree went to the shipyard and was made into a small fishing boat. Its dreams of being a mighty ship, carrying kings and queens across the seas, was ended. The third tree was cut up into planks and was left alone in the darkness. Many years went by and all the three trees forgot about their dreams and prayers.
Then one day, a man and a women came to the barn to stay for a while. She gave birth to a baby boy whilst she was there, and she placed the baby boy in the hay in the feed-box. The man wished he could have a proper crib for the baby but this feed-box would have to do. But somehow the first tree felt the importance of this event and somehow knew that it had indeed held the greatest treasure of all time.
Some years later, a group of men got into a small fishing boat made from the timber of the second tree. One of them was tired and fell asleep. When they were out sailing, a great storm came up and the second tree did not think that it was strong enough to keep the men safe. The other men in the fishing boat then woke the man who was asleep and HE said, “Peace!” and the storm suddenly stopped. Now the tree knew that it had indeed carried the King of Kings.
Finally, some three years later, someone came and got the third tree’s planks out of the dark shed. It was carried through the streets as the people mocked the man who was carrying it. When they came to a stop on a small hill the man was nailed to the tree and raised in the air to die there. On that Sunday, the third tree suddenly came to realize that it was indeed strong enough to stand on the top of a hill for all to see and that it was closer to heaven than it could ever have imagined.
The moral of this story is that when things do not seem to be going your way, be still – always know that God has a plan for you. If you place your trust in HIM, HE will give you great gifts. Each of the trees got what they wanted, but just not in the way that they had imagined.
God’s way is the best for us. Just trust HIM.
Psalm 37:5 - Commit everything you do to the LORD. Trust HIM, and HE will help you.
God bless you all.