Â 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
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
The third tree was cut into large pieces, and
left alone in the dark.
The years went by, and the trees forgot about
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, God will give you great gifts.
Each of the 3 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.
Miss Anyetta. Thank you.