Things Often Do Not Go as Planned
Three trees grew on a hill. They lived merrily with the sun and the wind and became big and strong. Having the sky above them they raised their tops in the air. Having the earth beneath them they dug their roots deep into the ground. They had many storms behind them and as a result had grown strong. They had their whole lives ahead of them and were in joyful anticipation of what would come. They had their dreams and were waiting for them to come true.
The first tree dreamt of being a treasure chest one day, holding a precious treasure. – The second tree dreamt of being a ship. He longed to take kings across the oceans. – The third tree wanted to be the most important tree on earth. He wanted to stay on the hill reminding all people of the mysteries of life.
One day two woodcutters came and cut the three trees. The first tree was made into a manger and was placed in a poor stable in Bethlehem. Ox and donkey ate from the manger and rubbed their coats against the wood. Then in a wondrous night the Infant JESUS was born and placed in the manger. And so the wish to become a treasure chest was fulfilled after all, but in a very different way and much deeper than the tree had imagined.
The second tree was made
into a fishing boat. At the Lake of Gennesaret the fishermen sailed out with
their boat to sea. It was a hard day’s work in all weathers, in hardship and
poverty. Then one day JESUS came … more