Tale of Three Trees

2 Corinthians 5:17  “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come:  The old has gone, the new is here!”
The Tale of Three Trees.
An olive tree, oak tree, and pine tree each had a dream of becoming something special in life.
The olive tree dreamed of becoming a finely crafted treasure chest to hold gold, silver, and precious jewels.  One day a woodsman came and chose the olive tree out of all the trees in the forest.  The olive tree thought his dreams were coming true!  As the craftsman began to work on him the tree realized he wasn’t making him into a beautiful treasure chest, but just into a manger to hold food for smelly animals.  He felt heartbroken, his dreams seemed shattered.
The oak tree dreamed of becoming part of a huge ship, made to carry kings across the vast ocean.  When the woodsman cut down the oak, he was so excited.  To his surprise, the craftsman made him into only a tiny fishing boat.  He felt heartbroken and worthless.
The pine tree grew up on top of a high mountain. It was his dream to always stand tall and remind people of God’s goodness.  However, in a split second, a lightning strike hit the tree and destroyed its dreams. The woodsman came and carried it off to the scrap pile.
Each of the trees couldn’t imagine their life would turn out the way it did. They were disappointed and discouraged and confused.
Many years later, Mary and Joseph couldn’t find any place to give birth to baby Jesus.  They finally found a stable with a manger made from – you guessed it – the olive tree!  The olive tree held the greatest treasure of all time, the Son of God.
Years passed, and one day Jesus needed a boat to cross to the other side of a lake.  He didn’t choose a large one, just a small simple fishing boat made from – you guessed it – the oak tree. The oak tree now carried the King of Kings!
Finally, the day came when Roman soldiers were picking through a pile of scrap wood to make a cross.  That pine tree stood again on a hill, holding Jesus and forever pointing people to God’s love!
All three trees thought they had lost their value, but their stories were not over yet.  The devil would like each of us to think we have little value, but our stories are not yet over either. God always sees value in each of us, even when it may be hard to see it ourselves. Your value is always greater than we may see ourselves because God made you valuable with a purpose made just for you
Ephesians 4:16  “He makes the whole body fit together perfectly. As each part does its own special work, it helps the other parts grow, so that the whole body is healthy and growing and full of love.”
Pastor Tom