Once upon a time, in a faraway land, there stood a magnificent forest filled with trees of all shapes and sizes. Among them, three trees stood tall, each with a dream they wished to achieve. The first tree longed to become a treasure chest, holding the most exquisite and priceless jewels in the world. The second tree yearned to be a grand ship, carrying kings and queens to far-off exotic places. And the third tree reached for the sky, longing to grow to the heavens and experience the majesty of the heavens and the earth.
Years passed, and the trees grew stronger and taller, but their dreams remained unfulfilled. The first tree was chopped down and turned into a humble manger, serving as a feeding trough for animals. The second tree was carved into a small fishing boat for local fishermen. And the third tree, the tallest of them all, was cut down and used as a pole for the crucifixion of criminals.
At first, the trees despaired, thinking their dreams were lost forever. But little did they know that their dreams were about to come true in ways they never imagined.
One blessed night, a baby named Jesus was born in Bethlehem and laid to rest in the manger made from the first tree. The tree was awed and overwhelmed with joy, realizing it was now holding the most precious treasure of all – the Son of God.
Years later, a great crowd gathered around a unique speaker on the shores of a river. That speaker was Jesus, and he asked a fisherman named Peter if he could stand in his boat to address the crowd. And so, the second tree became a platform for the words of the Savior, carrying not only kings but the King of Kings.
Finally, the third tree was used to create the cross on which Jesus was crucified. Though it was a painful and heart-wrenching experience for the tree, it realized it was playing a critical role in the plan of salvation for all mankind. At that moment, the tree carried the one who connected the heavens and the earth.
In the end, the three trees saw their dreams exceed their wildest imaginations, all because of their divine encounter with Jesus. They learned that sometimes, our dreams might not turn out the way we expect them to, but if we trust in God, He can use us in ways that are far more significant than we ever imagined. All it takes is one divine encounter.