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Who got to meet god?

Abhishek Patro shares a story of three trees which attained what they had wanted.

india Updated: Jan 23, 2007 13:33 IST
INNER VOICE || Abhishek Patro
INNER VOICE || Abhishek Patro

I found this story very moving and want to share it with HT readers.

A long time ago there were three trees in a forest talking to each other. A man had chopped off the nearby trees, so they were aware their turn was next. "After I am chopped down I want that my wood should be used to make a jewellery box for precious diamonds," said the first tree. "I want my wood to be used to make a royal boat," said the second."  "I wish I wasn’t being cut down; I want to grow and grow so that I can touch God's feet," said the third.

But the tree that wanted to be a jewellery box became a trough in which cows's food and water was kept. The tree that wanted to become a royal boat became a humble fishing boat instead. The tree that wanted to touch God's feet was made into two wooden slabs and kept unused for many years in a storage house.

After many years a Jewish lady gave birth to a boy and kept him in the trough from which first tree was made. Those who came to see the baby were filled with awe. "Who is he?" wondered the trough.

Some years later a man mounted the fishing boat made from the second tree, with some people. During that journey a storm came up and the boat thought it would capsize and drown. But when everybody asked that man to do something, he stood up and said, "Stop!" and the storm subsided.

Several years later, the two wooden slabs were dragged out and fashioned into a cross and a man was nailed to them and died on them to screams of “Crucify him!"

As you’ve guessed by now, all three trees got their wish, through Jesus, the precious jewel of the royal house of David, who was hailed as the Son of God. So we should keep in mind that God does fulfill our wishes and that too in a better way.

First Published: Jan 23, 2007 13:33 IST

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