I was just contemplating on destiny while going to school today and I suddenly remembered a wonderful story I read somewhere ages ago. I'll try my best to retell the story here since this is something that has never failed to inspire me.
There were three trees that stood in the middle of a huge green forest. Each had a dream, a goal towards which they aspired. The first tree wanted to become the world's finest treasure chest. She dreamt of being made into an exquisite wooden box, holding rubies, sapphires, gold- all the treasures the world could ever hold! The second tree was equally ambitious. She wanted to be a mighty ship, traveling over the waters of the world, carrying none other than the King himself. The third tree wasn't as 'worldly' as the others; she longed for spiritual success. Her biggest desire was to grow to great heights so that her foliage would reach the heavens and thus God.
Years passed. One day, three men came to the forest clearing in search of some wood. The first man cut down one of the trees and brought the logs back home. He made a small wooden box out of the logs and the first tree thought that her wish would soon be fulfilled. Alas! He was just a poor woodcutter and didn't have the jewels the tree had dreamt of. He filled the box with hay.
His friend felled the second tree and brought the logs home. He sold them to another friend, a fisherman. And the logs were used to build a tiny fishing boat. The second tree felt that she had been betrayed- after all, she had always longed to be a mighty ship, carrying even mightier kings! And where was she now? Just a measly little boat, carrying only fishermen!
The third tree's fate wasn't any different. She too was felled and the logs were stored in a shed, soon fading into oblivion. To think that she had wished to reach God! And that would have been the end of the story but for destiny...
Years down the lane, a young couple made their way into a dingy manger. Tired after a long journey, they were desperate for some shelter since the lady was about to give birth soon. The only place they found was this manger. The baby was born and they placed him in a wooden box, stuffed with hay. It was the same box that had once dreamt of holding the greatest treasures in the world. As three wise men from the East arrived with their gifts of frankincense, myrrh and gold for the child, the box realized that her wish came to be true after all, for she now held the greatest treasure in the world!
Years passed again, like they always do. A group of fishermen had set out on a trip in a little fishing boat. The seas were particularly rough that day, and to add on, a terrible storm rose. The men were frightened as the boat began to sway. The leader of the fishermen raised his palm and commanded the storm to subside. Wonder of wonders! Calm returned to the boat. The boat's greatest desire had been to carry royalty and today she carried none other than the King of Kings!
With the passage of time, the third tree began to wonder whether her wish would ever be fulfilled. One Friday morning, she found her logs being dragged to a hill. There were a few soldiers who nailed a man's hands onto the logs. They mocked at him and cruelly placed a crown of thorns on his head. And the third tree felt miserable. But on Sunday morning, a miracle occurred. As the sun rose from the horizon, the Son also rose from the dead. And the third tree realized that she had reached God.
*********Destiny is funny indeed! I was just flipping through my old slam book and found this from one of my favorite teachers- ' When you ask life for something, it answers in three ways- It says yes, and gives you what you want; It says no, and gives you something better; It says wait, and gives you the best'. SO inspiring :)