Friday, April 22, 2011

Love and Trees.

Promises of spring are all around us.




























My ever faithful buddy following me around.















Sun and shadows, becoming a cherished event around here lately!



















New life.

































Papa  duck on our pond guarding his 'momma' and their babies. He warns me when I get too close.





























My shadow.



















The flowers my husband planted for me outside my kitchen window.



















An old cement planter of my Grandma's, still going strong.















Not pretty now, but this is my most favorite tree. We've had picnics under it, a tire swing hangs from it's branch, it's been the subject of many pictures. It's a Black Walnut, and it's always the last to leaf out and the first to lose it's leaves. I savor the time it's green, and remember when it's not, it always will return to it's majesty if I'm patient.



















Once upon a mountain top, three little trees stood and dreamed of what they wanted to become when they grew up. The first little tree looked up at the stars and said: "I want to hold treasure. I want to be covered with gold and filled with precious stones. I'll be the most beautiful treasure chest in the world!"



The second little tree looked out at the small stream trickling by on it's way to the ocean. "I want to be traveling mighty waters and carrying powerful kings. I'll be the strongest ship in the world!"


The third little tree looked down into the valley below where busy men and women worked in a busy town. "I don't want to leave the mountain top at all. I want to grow so tall that when people stop to look at me, they'll raise their eyes to heaven and think of God. I will be the tallest tree in the world."


Years passed. The rain came, the sun shone, and the little trees grew tall. One day three woodcutters climbed the mountain. The first woodcutter looked at the first tree and said, "This tree is beautiful. It is perfect for me." With a swoop of his shining ax, the first tree fell. "Now I shall be made into a beautiful chest, I shall hold wonderful treasure!" The first tree said.


The second woodcutter looked at the second tree and said, "This tree is strong. It is perfect for me." With a swoop of his shining ax, the second tree fell. "Now I shall sail mighty waters!" thought the second tree. "I shall be a strong ship for mighty kings!"


The third tree felt her heart sink when the last woodcutter looked her way. She stood straight and tall and pointed bravely to heaven. But the woodcutter looked up. "Any kind of tree will do for me." He muttered. With a swoop of his shining ax the third tree fell.


The first tree rejoiced when the woodcutter brought her to a carpenter's shop. But the carpenter fashioned the tree into a feed box for animals. The once beautiful tree was not covered with gold, nor with treasure. She was coated with saw dust and filled with hay for hungry farm animals.


The second tree smiled when the woodcutter took her to a shipyard, but no mighty sailing ship was made that day. Instead the once strong tree was hammered and sawed into a simple fishing boat. She was too small and too weak to sail to an ocean, or even river; instead she was taken to a little lake.


The third tree was confused when the woodcutter cut her into strong beams and left her in a lumberyard. "What happened?" The once tall tree wondered. "All I ever wanted was to stay on the mountain top and point to God...


"Many days and nights passed. The three trees nearly forgot their dreams. But one night, golden starlight poured over the first tree as a young woman placed her newborn baby in the feed box. "I wish I could make a cradle for him." Her husband whispered. The mother squeezed his hand and smiled as the starlight shone on the smooth and the sturdy wood. "This manger is beautiful." She said. And suddenly the first tree knew he was holding the greatest treasure in the world.


One evening a tired traveler and his friends crowded into the old fishing boat. The traveler fell asleep as the second tree quietly sailed out into the lake. Soon a thundering and thrashing storm arose. The little tree shuddered. She knew she did not have the strength to carry so many passengers safely through with the wind and the rain. The tired man awakened. He stood up, stretched out his hand, and said, "Peace." The storm stopped as quickly as it had begun. And suddenly the second tree knew he was carrying the king of heaven and earth.


One Friday morning, the third tree was startled when her beam was yanked from the forgotten woodpile. She flinched as she was carried through an angry jeering crowd. She shuddered when soldiers nailed a man's hands to her. She felt ugly and harsh and cruel. But on Sunday morning, when the sun rose and the earth trembled with joy beneath her, the third tree knew that God's love had changed everything. It had made the third tree strong. 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.















Wishing you and your family a very blessed Easter.
Lisa ;-)

8 comments:

Farm Girl said...

I love the story of the Three Trees, I cry every time I read it. I love all of your spring pictures. I am glad you are getting some sunshine.
Have a wonderful Easter.

Kindred Spirit Soap Co. said...

Happy Easter my friend!!!
Blessings
Julie

Out in the Fields said...

Love that story of the trees! Thank God for His Son and the celebration of Easter, Blessings!

Andy's Attic said...

Such a wonderful story with a happy ending. The shots of spring are so pretty. Happy Easter to you and your family,
Annette

My Shabby Passion said...

I love storytime with Lisa! I had never heard that story before, and I must say I loved it! Easter blessings,
Michelle

Alicia@ eco friendly homemaking said...

I had not heard this story before.It really touched my heart, Thanks so much for sharing. Your photos are so pretty and your cat is so adorable.

Amanda said...

Hi Lisa! Thank you so much for your thoughtful comments on my Easter post! I really enjoyed the beautiful story of the 3 trees! Thank you for sharing! And wasn't the sunshine glorious last week? And now, back to the soggy wet rain! Oh well, maybe I'll get some crafting in this week! I am anxious to try the silver cleaning idea you have on your sidebar! I really don't like using the harsh, smelly chemical cleaners!
Have a lovely day!
Best Wishes and Blessings,
Amanda

Sarah said...

That story was so incredibly beautiful. I made me teary eyed. Thank you for posting that!

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