Hello dearies? Hope the weekend was fun and you learnt a thing or two? Well, mine was just okay. Not very many happing beginnings but I hope for happy endings soon. Also, I received a blog giveaway gift *inserts happy face* courtesy of Frances Okoro.
Well, I want to share a story I read years ago from a Winners Chapel Bulletin I think. Most of us might have read it but I’m reminding us just as a medium of encouraging anyone out there who feels life is overwhelming, life is hard and it’s not working out as planned or as it should. I read it when I was in secondary school and wrote it down in my little diary then, found the story few days ago and decided to share.
THREE TREES: DREAMS/VISIONS
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 straightest and tallest 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’m 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 will come to pass, a group of Herdsmen came upon the trees. When one came to the first tree, he looked at it and said “This looks like a strong tree. I think I should be able to 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. The second man came upon the second tree and said “This looks like a strong tree, I should be able to sell it to the ship yard.” The second tree was happy because it was on it’s way to becoming a mighty ship. When the woodsmen came upon the third tree, the tree was frightened because he knew that if he was cut down, his dreams would not come true. The woodsman 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 carpenter’s, 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 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 their dreams. Then one day, a man and a woman came to the barn. She gave birth and they placed the baby in the hay in the feed box as crib for the baby. 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 then the tree didn’t think it was strong. The men woke the sleeping man and he stood and said “peace” and the storm stopped. At that time, the tree knew it had carried the king of kings in his boat. Finally, someone came and got the third tree. It was carried through the street 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 the hill. When it was Sunday, 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 possible because Jesus had been crucified on it.
MORAL OF THE STORY:
When things seem not to be going your way or when things seem so unfair and hard or when things seem not to be going the way you think it should, God is still up there working things out. Can you still wholly rely on Him? Can you still wholly put your trust in Him? Can you still be Patient with Him? If you can, he will do greater than you can imagine. The trees would never imagine that a savior would be born so their dreams would be fulfilled in greater ways. Each got what they wanted but not in the way they had imagined. We don’t know what God’s plans are for us, we just know that His ways are not our ways but His ways are the best. He knows your heart, He knows your wishes, He sees the tears, He sees the pain, and He knows your desires even before you thought about it, just Anchor solely on Him and you will never be disappointed.
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