Psalm 73:26 (NIV)
26 My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.
I was recently reading a book to my son, “[eafl id=”952″ name=”A Tale of Three Trees” text=”A Tale of Three Trees”].” If you’ve never read it, it’s quite a profound little book. Each of the three trees has a dream. The first tree wants to be a treasure box, the second a strong ship, and the third tree is quoted saying, “I want to grow so tall that when people stop to look at me they will raise their eyes to heaven and think of God. I will be the tallest tree in the world.”
The book follows the journeys of these three trees. The first tree does not become a treasure box, but instead a feed box, otherwise known as trough for animals. The second tree does not become a strong ship, but rather a small ship that is used for fishing. The third tree does not grow tall, but gets cut into pieces for lumber. But the book does not end there. All three trees get to play a huge part in the story of Christ. The first tree becomes the trough that holds baby Jesus in the manger. The second tree is used to build a boat that transports Jesus. The third becomes the very cross that Jesus was nailed to. The book ends with, “And every time people thought of the third tree, they would think of God. That was better than being the tallest tree in the world.”
The tallest tree in the world. We all want to make our mark on this world, to become something or someone that others will value. We may want to be the most beautiful treasure chest, the strongest boat, or the tallest tree in the world. Yet, God often calls us to something entirely different, something much better that we are not able to predict or see. None of these tree’s dreams were bad dreams, but God had an even greater dream in mind for each of them. Maybe you feel like you are nothing but a trough, an old washed up boat, or a pile of lumber, but just wait, God has a far bigger purpose in mind for His servants. May we bring our dreams before the cross, open our hands towards heaven, calm our hearts and tell God that whatever He wishes, “Your will be done.” So, let’s keep walking in step with Jesus, serving God and others as He bring to fruition His best plan for us. Your flesh and your heart may fail, but God, He is the strength of your heart and your portion forever. May we live to make HIS name GREAT.
I have included the link to this book below due to many questions about it:
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