There is a traditional folktale of three trees growing together on a mountaintop. As they grow tall and strong, they each dream of being something wonderful when they grow up. The first wants to hold treasure and to be the most beautiful treasure chest in the world. The second wants to be the strongest ship carrying cargo and passengers to all parts of the world. The third wants to grow to be the tallest tree to point people to God.
The time came for the trees to be cut down. The tree that wished to be the most beautiful treasure chest was made into a simple feedbox for animals. The tree that wanted to be the strongest ship was made into a humble fishing boat and the tree that wanted to grow the tallest was left as forgotten beams in a woodyard. All the trees were wondering what had happened to their dreams.
It was when first tree became the manger in the stable at Jesus’ birth and the second tree became the boat that carried Jesus when he stilled the storm and the third tree became the beams of the cross on which Jesus died that the trees began to realize that their dreams had come true…albeit not in the way they expected. They understood that the presence of Jesus changes everything.
This Easter may we remember that Jesus makes a difference in our lives when we are willing to receive Him.
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