Sometimes we get what we need and not what we want..........
Once there were 3 trees on a hill in the woods.
They were discussing their hopes and dreams when the 1st tree said,
"Someday, I hope to be a treasure chest. I could be filled with gold, silver
and precious gems and be decorated with intricate carvings. Everyone
would see my beauty."
The 2nd tree said, "Someday, I will be a mighty ship. I will take kings
and queens across the waters and sail to the corners of other world.
Everyone will feel safe in me because of the strength of my hull."
Finally, the 3rd 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. One came to the
1st tree and said, "This looks like a strong tree, I think I should be able
to sell th e 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
At the 2nd tree, one of the other woodsman said, "This looks like a strong
tree. I should be able to sell it to the shipyard." The 2nd tree was happy,
because he knew he was on his way to becoming a mighty ship.
When the woodsmen came upon the 3rd tree, the tree was frightened,
because it knew that, if it is cut down, its dream 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 1st tree arrived at the carpenter's, he was made into a feed box
for animals, placed in a barn and filled with hay. This was not at all what
he had prayed for.
The 2nd 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 3rd tree was cut into large pieces and left alone in the dark.
The years went by, and the trees forgot about their dreams. Then one
filtered 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, and the crowd mocked the man who was carrying it.
Finally, 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 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
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
"Sometimes the heart sees what the eyes can't."
GOD BLESS . . . .