Three Trees

A Walk in the Woods


Three Trees


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 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



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 tree 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 dreams.


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 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 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



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. 


Author unknown


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