Three Trees (very good)

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> > 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
> beauty.'
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> > 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 chest.

> >
> > 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
> 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 their
> >
> > 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
> 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 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.
> > Please keep this moving… Pass it on, so God
> inspire more people on The Way.
> >
> May your day be blessed. And until we meet again, may
God cradle you in the palm of His hand.
> >
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> > I
wake up each day with the realization that this is
it!  There is only one shot at this life and I can
either enjoy the ride and live it to its fullest and to my
highest potential or I can stay the way I am." ~~Anonymous

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