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Br. Samuel Babu, Believers Brethren Assembly, (BBA), Majlis - Bahrain For the last few days, we have been relentlessly praying for Br. Samuel Babu, who suffered Cardiac Problems and was admitted in Salmaniya Medical Complex, Bahrain. It was well pleasing for our Lord to call HIS child to the Eternal Home, where there is no pain, no sorrow, no tears, no sickness and no death. He went to be with the LORD around 10:30 PM Bahrain Time today (Friday 23rd 2015). Let us uphold the grieving family members to the Throne of Grace. May the Lord bestow upon them heavenly Grace, Peace and strength and console them with the word of God.

A Tale of Three Trees

Bro. Jijo Angamally



Are you ready for an old, old favorite story?


This time I just want to tell you an anonymous folktale of three trees that wonder about their destiny and dream great dreams as retold by Stephen Fortosis.


The three trees are eventually cut down and are heartbroken to find that their wood is used for humble and demeaning purposes – that is, until they realize who it is that has need of their service.


No matter who you are, how limited your abilities are – Jesus is in need of you. He alone can make the best use of your life. Are you available for Christ to use your life in His own appointed time? Never give up your Christ centered ambitions. Cherish the God given desires, because if the desire is from the Lord, he will bring it to pass.


Are you ready? Let’s start with our usual once upon..!


Once upon a majestic mountain peak, three little trees stood side by side. They dreamed of what they wanted to become someday. The first little tree gazed up at the stars twinkling like gems above her.


“Someday I hope to be treasure chest.” “I want to hold treasure,” she said. “I want gold coins and diamonds to spill over my top. I will be the most beautiful treasure chest of all.”


The second little tree looked out at the brook, bubbling its way to the ocean. “I want to be a great sailing ship,” he said.” I want to travel the waters and carry famous Kings. I will be the strong ship in the world.’


The third tree looked down into the valley where bustling men and women hurried to and fro. “I don’t want to leave this mountain top at all,” he said.” I want to grow so stately and tall that when humans stop to look at me they will raise their eyes to heaven and think of God. I will be the tallest and straightest tree in the world.” “I will be the greatest tree of all time and people always will remember me.


Years passed. The rains poured, the sun shone, and the little trees grew. One morning three woodcutters climbed the mountain. The first woodcutter swung his glittering axe at the first tree. With three mighty swings, the tree toppled.


“Now I shall be made into treasure chest,” thought the tree. “I shall hold gold and diamonds.”


The second woodcutter chopped the second tree down. “Now I shall sail into the bright sunset,” thought the second tree. “I shall carry kings to distant shores”.


The third three tried to stretch straight and tall as the third woodcutter sharpened his axe. “Any sort of tree will do for me”, muttered the woodcutter. He swung his axe again, and the third tree crashed to the earth.


The first tree smiled expectantly when the woodcutter brought her to a carpenter’s shop, but the busy carpenter did not need a treasure chest. Instead his tough hands formed the tree into a feed box for animals.


The second tree was taken to a shipyard, but no magnificent sailing ships were being made that day. Instead the mighty tree was hammered and sawed into a simple fishing boat. Too small to sail an ocean or even a river, he was taken to a small lake. Every day, he hauled in loads of dead, smelly fish.


The third tree was a bit confused when the woodcutter sliced him into big beams and left him in a lumberyard. “What happened?” the tall tree wondered. “All I ever wanted to do was to stay on the mountain top and point toward God.”


Many days passed. The three trees almost forgot their dreams. But one night as the first tree rested sadly with drowsy animals, a young woman entered the stable and laid her newborn baby in the feed box.


“I wish I could make a fine cradle for the child,” her husband whispered. The mother smiled at him as glimmering starlight shone on the humble, dusty feed box. And suddenly the first tree knew she was holding the greatest treasure in the world. JESUS, the Son of God!


Years later, one evening a traveler and his friends crowded into an old fishing boat. The traveler fell fast asleep as the second tree quietly sailed out into the lake. Soon lighting split the sky, thunder crashed, and the waves became big as mountains. The little tree cracked and shook. He knew he would soon fall apart in the storm.


The tired man woke up. He stood up, raised his hands and said, “Peace.” The storm stopped and lake became clear like glass. And suddenly the second tree knew he was carrying the greatest King who ever lived!  JESUS, the King of Kings!!


Early one morning, the third tree was yanked from the woodpile and made into a tall cross. He was carried by a bleeding man through an angry crowd who called out awful names. They climbed to the top of a mountain. There, some soldiers nailed the man’s hands to the wooden cross.


The third tree tried to push the nails out of his wood but they were stuck fast. As the man died, the third tree cried and one last drop of sap rolled down his rough, gnarled side.


Finally they took the man down from the third tree and carried him away. For three lonely days the third tree stood sadly on the mountaintop. But early the third morning, out of the dawn mist walked the man they had killed. He was alive!


As he came closer, the third tree saw he had a kind face and he was smiling. He reached out and touched the old cross with faraway look in his eyes. “For ages and ages to come” he said softly, when humans see you, they will think of my love; and whoever comes to me, I will never turn away.”


The third tree stretched out straight and tall for he knew: He was pointing the world to King of heaven and earth. JESUS CHRIST, the only Saviour!!!


l              When things do not seem to be going your way, always know that God has a plan for you. If you place your trust in Him, He will fulfill your plans in life.

l              Each of the trees got what they wanted, but not in the way they had imagined.

l              We may not always know what God’s plans are for us. We just know that His ways are always not our ways, but His ways are always the best.

l              So the next time you feel down because you did not get what you wanted, just sit tight and be happy because God is thinking of something better to give you.


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