Sunday, August 08, 2010

THE THREE TREES TALE

"Percayalah kepada Tuhan dengan segenap hatimu,
dan janganlah bersandar
kepada pengertianmu sendiri" (~Amsal 3:5)


KISAH 3 POHON


Memang benar kita semua punya mimpi-mimpi yang hancur
dan Allah tetap berdiri di atas mimpi-mimpi kita yang hancur karena
Dia memiliki mimpi yang lebih baik, lebih tinggi, lebih agung bagi
kita...

Alkisah, ada tiga pohon di dalam hutan. Suatu hari,
ketiganya saling menceritakan mengenai harapan dan impian mereka.
Pohon pertama berkata: "Kelak aku ingin menjadi peti harta karun. Aku
akan diisi emas, perak dan berbagai batu permata dan semua
orang akan mengagumi keindahannya" ..

Kemudian pohon kedua berkata: "Suatu hari kelak aku
akan menjadi sebuah kapal yang besar. Aku akan mengangkut raja-raja dan
berlayar ke ujung dunia. Aku akan menjadi kapal yang kuat dan setiap
orang merasa aman berada dekat denganku".

Lalu giliran pohon ketiga yang menyampaikan impiannya:
"Aku ingin tumbuh menjadi pohon yang tertinggi di hutan di puncak bukit.
Orang-orang akan memandangku dan berpikir betapa aku begitu dekat untuk
menggapai surga dan TUHAN. Aku akan menjadi pohon terbesar sepanjang masa
dan orang-orang akan mengingatku".
Setelah beberapa tahun berdoa agar impian terkabul,
sekelompok penebang pohon datang dan menebang ketiga pohon itu...

Pohon pertama dibawa ke tukang kayu. Ia sangat senang sebab
ia tahu bahwa ia akan dibuat menjadi peti harta karun.
Tetapi doanya tidak menjadi kenyataan karena tukang
kayu membuatnya menjadi kotak tempat menaruh makanan ternak. Ia hanya
diletakkan di kandang dan setiap hari diisi dengan jerami.

Pohon kedua dibawa ke galangan kapal. Ia berpikir
bahwa doanya menjadi kenyataan.
Tetapi... ia dipotong-potong dan dibuat menjadi sebuah perahu
nelayan yang sangat kecil. Impiannya menjadi kapal
besar untuk mengangkut raja-raja telah berakhir.

Pohon ketiga dipotong menjadi potongan-potongan kayu
besar dan dibiarkan teronggok dalam gelap.
Tahun demi tahun berganti... dan ketiga pohon itu telah
melupakan impiannya masing-masing.

Kemudian suatu hari...
Sepasang suami istri tiba di kandang.
Sang istri melahirkan dan meletakkan bayinya di kotak
tempat makanan ternak yang dibuat dari pohon pertama.
Orang-orang datang dan menyembah bayi itu.
Akhirnya pohon pertama sadar bahwa di dalamnya telah
diletakkan harta terbesar sepanjang masa.


Bertahun-tahun kemudian...
Sekelompok laki-laki naik ke atas perahu nelayan yang dibuat dari pohon
kedua.
Di tengah danau, badai besar datang dan pohon kedua berfikir bahwa ia
tidak cukup kuat untuk melindungi orang-orang di dalamnya.
Tetapi salah seorang laki-laki itu berdiri dan berkata kepada
badai: "Diam!!!" Tenanglah". Dan badai itupun berhenti.
Ketika itu tahulah bahwa ia telah mengangkut Raja diatas segala raja.

Akhirnya...
Seseorang datang dan mengambil pohon ketiga.
Ia dipikul sepanjang jalan sementara orang-orang
mengejek lelaki yang memikulnya.
Laki-laki itu kemudian dipakukan di kayu ini
dan mati di puncak bukit.
Akhirnya pohon ketiga sadar bahwa ia demikian dekat
dengan TUHAN, karena YESUSlah yang disalibkan padanya...


KETIKA KEADAAN TIDAK SEPERTI YANG ENGKAU INGINKAN,
KETAHUILAH BAHWA TUHAN
MEMILIKI RENCANA UNTUKMU.
JIKA ENGKAU PERCAYA PADA-NYA , IA AKAN MEMBERIMU
BERKAT-BERKAT BESAR.
KETIGA POHON MENDAPATKAN APA YANG MEREKA INGINKAN,
TETAPI TIDAK DENGAN CARA
YANG SEPERTI MEREKA BAYANGKAN.
BEGITU JUGA DENGAN KITA, KITA TIDAK SELALU TAHU APA
RENCANA TUHAN BAGI KITA.
KITA HANYA TAHU BAHWA JALAN-NYA BUKANLAH JALAN KITA,
TETAPI JALAN-NYA ADALAH
YANG TERBAIK BAGI KITA, SELAMANYA...

Bagikan berkat ini untuk orang-orang yg anda kasihi,
ambillah bagian "terkecil" dari pelayanan untuk memberitakan
KEAGUNGAN NAMA YESUS....dengan
hanya cukup ambil bagian untuk mengirimkan email ini
ke orang lain yang anda
kasihi dengan iringan doa mohon berkat bagi
mereka...... .
DAN..... apa yang
kelihatannya "kecil" ini suatu saat tanpa
kita sadari dapat menjadi "BERKAT
YG BESAR bagi orang lain..

AMIN^^


in English:

The Three Trees

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 wood cutters climbed the mountain. The first wood cutter 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 make a beautiful chest, I shall hold wonderful treasure!" the first tree said.

The second wood cutter looked at the second tree and said, "This tree is strong. It's 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 wood cutter looked her way. She stood straight and tall and pointed bravely to heaven. But the wood cutter never even 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 wood cutter 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, or treasure. She was coated with saw dust and filled with hay for hungry farm animals. The second tree smiled when the wood cutter took her to a shipyard, but no mighty sailing ship was made that day. Instead the once strong tree was hammered and awed into a simple fishing boat. She was too small and too weak to sail to an ocean, or even a river, instead she was taken to a little lake. The third tree was confused when the wood cutter 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 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 a thrashing storm arose. The little tree shuddered. She new she did not have the strength to carry so many passengers safely through the wind and the rain. The tired man awoke. 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 beams were yanked from the forgotten wood pile. She flinched as she was carried through an angry jeering crowd. She shuddered when soldiers nailed a man's hand 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.

The next time you feel down because you didn't get what you wanted, sit tight and be happy because God is thinking of something better to give you.

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