The psalmist wrote in Psalm 118:24 "This is the day which the Lord hath
made; we will rejoice and be glad in it." Be of good cheer and remember
that God is still on His throne and in control of every situation, so
never let yourself get down or discouraged.
Many times in life we give up on the dreams and wishes that we once had
because life didn't go as planned and that is why I am sharing this story
with you. I believe this story has an encouraging message to never give up
when things don't go as planned, but rather trust in the Lord and know that
He will always lead you onto the best path because of your faith and trust
in Him. (Romans 8:28) (Isaiah 45:11-13)
I hope you enjoy and learn from this message and challenge you to never
give up on life just because it didn't turn out like you planned.
THE THREE 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 on 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
Years passed. The rain came, the sun shone, and the little trees grew tall.
One day three 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 feed box for animals. The
once beautiful tree was not covered with gold, nor with treasure. She was
coated with saw dust 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 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 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 the feed box. "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, be
still." The storm stopped as quickly as it had begun. And suddenly the
second tree knew he was carrying the King of heaven and earth.
One Friday morning, the third tree was startled when her beam was 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 trembled 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.
The moral of this story is that when things don't seem to be going your
way, stay faithful and 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
that His ways are always best. (Isaiah 55:8-9)
Be encouraged and know that putting your dreams in God's hands and asking
His will to be fulfilled through your life will always bring forth great
results and a life completely fulfilled. (Matthew 6:10) (Psalm 23:3)
Read and meditate on these scriptures:
Jeremiah 29:11-12 "For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith
the LORD, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected
end. Then shall ye call upon Me, and ye shall go and pray unto Me, and I
will hearken unto you."
1 Peter 5:5-7 "…Yea, all of you be subject one to another, and be clothed
with humility: for God resisteth the proud, and giveth grace to the humble.
Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt
you in due time: Casting all your care upon Him; for He careth for you."
Psalm 37:3-6 "Trust in the LORD, and do good; so shalt thou dwell in the
land, and verily thou shalt be fed. Delight thyself also in the LORD; and
He shall give thee the desires of thine heart. Commit thy way unto the
LORD; trust also in Him; and He shall bring it to pass. And He shall bring
forth thy righteousness as the light, and thy judgment as the noonday."
All scriptures can be found in the King James Version.
I do thank the Lord for His continued leading in this Ministry and I do
give God all the Glory, Honor and Praise for the blessings that are coming
forth from this work and pray the anointing and blessings continue to be
shown through His everlasting mercy and grace.
In Christ Service,
Gods Work Ministry