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.
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
second tree a 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
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 so I'll take this one", and he cut it
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
to an end. The third tree was cut into large pieces and left alone in the
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. When Sunday came, 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
[ Author Unknown -- from email@example.com (Cindy P) ]
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