The Three Little Trees



Once upon a mountain top, three little trees stood and dreamed of what
they wanted to become when they grew up.

The first little tree looked up at the stars and said: "I want to hold
treasure. I want to be covered with gold and filled with precious stones.
I'll be the most beautiful treasure chest in the world!"

The second little tree looked out at the small stream trickling by on
it's way to the ocean. "I want to be traveling mighty waters and carrying
powerful kings. I'll be the strongest ship in the world!"

The third little tree looked down into the valley below where busy men
and women worked in a busy town. "I don't want to leave the mountain top
at all. I want to grow so tall that when people stop to look at me,
they'll raise their eyes to heaven and think of God. I will be the
tallest tree in the world."

Years passed. The rain came, the sun shone, and the little trees grew
tall. One day t hree woodcutters climbed the mountain.

The first woodcutter looked at the first tree and said, "This tree is
beautiful. It is perfect for me." With a swoop of his shining axe, the
first tree fell. "Now I shall be made into a beautiful chest, I shall
hold wonderful treasure!" The first tree said.

The second woodcutter looked at the second tree and said, "This tree is
strong. It is perfect for me." With a swoop of his shining axe, the
second tree fell. "Now I shall sail mighty waters!" thought the second
tree. "I shall be a strong ship for mighty kings!"

The third tree felt her heart sink when the last woodcutter looked her
way. She stood straight and tall and pointed bravely to heaven. But the
woodcutter never even looked up. "Any kind of tree will do for me. "He
muttered. With a swoop of his shining axe, the third tree fell.

The first tree rejoiced when the woodcutter brought her to a carpenter's
shop. But the carpenter fashioned the tree into a feedbox for animals.
The once beautiful tree was not covered with gold, nor with treasure. She
was coated with sawdust and filled with hay for hungry farm animals.

The second tree smiled when the woodcutter took her to a shipyard, but no
mighty sailing ship was made that day. Instead the once strong tree was
hammered and sawed into a simple fishing boat. She was too small and too
weak to sail to an ocean, or even a river; instead she was taken to a
little lake.

The third tree was confused when the woodcutter cut her into strong beams
and left her in a lumberyard. "What happened?" The once tall tree
wondered. "All I ever wanted was to stay on the mountain top and point to
God."

Many many days and night passed. The three trees nearly forgot their
dreams. But one night, golden starlight poured over the first tree as a
young woman placed her newborn baby in th e feedbox. "I wish I could make
a cradle for him," her husband whispered. The mother squeezed his hand
and smiled as the starlight shone on the smooth and the sturdy wood."
This manger is beautiful," she said. And suddenly the first tree knew he
was holding the greatest treasure in the world.

One evening a tired traveler and his friends crowded into the old fishing
boat. The traveler fell asleep as the second tree quietly sailed out into
the lake. Soon a thundering and thrashing storm arose. The little tree
shuddered. She knew she did not have the strength to carry so many
passengers safely through with the wind and the rain. The tired man
awakened. He stood up, stretched out his hand, and said, "Peace." The
storm stopped as quickly as it had begun. Suddenly the second tree knew
he was carrying the king of heaven and earth.

One Friday morning, the third tree was startled when her beams were
yanked from the forgotten woodpile. She flinched as she was carried
through an angry jeering crowd. She shuddered when soldiers nailed a
man's hands to her. She felt ugly and harsh and cruel. But on Sunday
morning, when the sun rose and the earth tremble with joy beneath her,
the third tree knew that God's love had changed everything. It had made
the third tree strong. And every time people thought of the third tree,
they would think of God. That was better than being the tallest tree in
the world.

So next time you feel down because you didn't get what you want, just sit
tight and be happy because God is thinking of something better to give
you.

Unknown author

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