His ways are always best
Once there were three trees on a hill in the woods. They were
discussing their hopes and dreams. 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." 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 into 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 can sell the wood to a carpenter." 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 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 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 down.
When the first tree arrived at the carpenters, he was made into a feed box for animals. He was placed in a barn and filled with hay. This was not what the tree 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. As the years went by, the trees forgot about their dreams. Then one day a man and woman came into the barn. The woman gave birth to a baby. They placed the baby on 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 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 other men woke the sleeping man, he stood and said, "Peace" and the storm stopped. At this time, the tree knew that it had carried the king of kings in it's boat.
Finally someone came and got the third tree. It was carried through the streets as the people mocked the man 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 close to God as 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; but we know that even though His ways are not always our ways....
His ways are ALWAYS best.
This was sent to me in an email.
Didn't even have a title.
* Note* I am happy to announce that Bryan Smith wrote to tell me that this piece is called "A Tale of Three Trees" written by Angela Elwell Hunt.
Graphics courtesy ofPainting by Clyde Provonsha
Music is entitled The Deer, sequencer and artist unknown.
I just put it all together and wrote the HTML.
\(o.o)/ ... © ...Janet Boyd aka Bee Spit ... \(o.o)/
THANKS A BEEMILLION.