The Story of Three Trees

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The Story of Three Trees

Once there were three trees on a hill in the woods. They were
discussing their hopes and dreams when the first tree said, „Someday I
hope to be a treasure chest. I could be filled 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
and 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 strong 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 that the carpenter would make him into a
treasure chest. At the second tree, the woodsman said, „This looks
like a strong 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 that if they cut him down his dreams would
not come true. One of the woodsmen said, „I don’t need anything
special from my tree, I’ll take this one,“ and he cut it down.
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 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 come to an end.
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 that was 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. At this time, the
tree knew that it had carried the King of Kings in its boat.
Finally, someone came and got the third tree. It was carried through
the streets as the people mocked the man who was carrying it. When
they came to a stop; the man was nailed to the tree and raised in the
air to die at the top of a hill. Three days later, the tree came to
realize that it was strong enough to stand at the top of the hill and
be as close to God as was possible, because Jesus had been crucified
on it.
The moral of this story is that when things don’t seem to be going
your way, 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, just not in the way they had imagined. We don’t always
know what God’s plans are for us. We just know that His ways are not
our ways , but His ways are always best.

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