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
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 end.. 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
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
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 best.