January 28, 2021 –
I wish I had written this story, but I didn’t. Enjoy the read. The story will inspire.
“Once, there were three trees on a hill in the woods. They discussed their hopes and dreams when the first tree said, Someday, I hope to be a treasure chest. They could fill with gold, silver, and precious gems. I could be decorated with intricate carving, and everyone would see the beauty.”
Then the second tree said, ‘Someday I will be a mighty ship. I will take kings and queens across the waters and sail to the corners of the world. 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, look up to my branches, and think of the heavens and God and how close to them I am reaching. I will be the greatest tree of all time, and people will always remember me.“
After a few years of praying that their dreams would come true, a group of woodsmen came upon the trees. When one came to the first tree, he said, “This looks like a sturdy tree. I think I should be able to sell the wood to a carpenter.” and he began cutting it down. The tree was happy because he knew the carpenter would make him into a treasure chest.
At the second tree, a woodsman said, “This looks like a sturdy tree. I should be able to sell it to the shipyard.” The second tree was happy because he knew he was on his way to becoming a mighty ship.
When the woodsmen came upon the third tree, the tree was frightened because he knew his dreams would not come true if they cut him down. One woodsman said, “l need nothing special from my tree, so I’ll take this one,” and he cut it down.
When the first tree arrived at the carpenters, they made him into a feed box for animals. He was then placed in a barn and filled with hay. This was not at all what he had prayed for. The second tree was cut and made into a small fishing boat. His dreams of being a mighty ship and carrying kings had ended. The third tree was cut into large pieces and left alone in the dark.
The years went by, and the trees forgot about their dreams. Then one day, a man and woman came to the barn. She gave birth, and they placed the baby in the hay in the feed box made from the first tree. The man wished that he could have made a crib for the baby, but this manger would have to do. The tree could feel the importance of this event and knew that it had held the greatest treasure of all time.
Years later, a group of men got in the fishing boat made from the second tree. One of them was tired and went to sleep. While they were out on the water, a great storm arose, and the tree didn’t think it was strong enough to keep the men safe. The men woke the sleeping man, and he stood and said, ‘Peace,’ and the storm stopped. The tree knew that it had carried the king of kings in its boat.
Finally, someone came and got the third tree. He carried it through the streets as the people mocked the man who was carrying it. When they came to a stop, they nailed the man to (the tree and raised him in the air to die at the top of the hill. When Sunday came, the tree realized that it was strong enough to stand at the top of the hill (and be as close to God as was possible because they had crucified Jesus on it.” (Author Unknown)
The moral of this story is that ‘when things don’t seem to go your way, always know that God has a plan for you. If you place your trust in Him, He will give you exceptional gifts. Each of the trees got what they wanted, just not in the way they had imagined.
We don’t always know what God’s plans are for us. We know His ways are not our ways, but His ways are still best.