Only a Plank!
Two Small Trees:
There were two small trees that grew side by side in a clearing in a
forest. On one side there was Lemon Tree and on the other side was
Fir Tree. One was small and round while the other was tall and
pointed. Each day they would talk to each other and boast what
they would be when they grew up. And every day they grew taller.
One day Lemon Tree got upset and said, "It's not fair, you are growing so
tall, but just look at fat little me. All I do is grow rounder
and rounder each day. I just can't grow tall like you!"
Fir Tree laughed at little Lemon Tree and said, "You're no use at all.
I'm a tree they make useful things from, but they'll probably
just chop you down for firewood!" This so upset Lemon Tree that
she refused to talk to Fir Tree for the rest of that day.
Bearing Good Fruit:
Next day God spoke to Lemon Tree and said, "No good tree bears bad fruit,
nor does a bad tree bear good fruit. Each tree can be recognised by
it's own fruit" (Luke 6:43). "You mean that I am a good tree?" asked
Lemon Tree. "Yes, I see many juicy lemons on your branches," came
the answer, "And you are doing just what I made your for. I'm well
pleased with you!"
Lemon Tree turned to Fir Tree, "Did you hear that? I'm going to
grow stronger and produce much more fruit!" And she did just that.
Fir Tree Dreams:
In the meantime Fir Tree grew taller and taller. As he towered over
Lemon Tree he said, "I wonder what I will be? Maybe I will be made
into a throne for a grand king or into a fine ship that can sail the
seven seas!" The day came when men came into the wood. "This
is a fine straight tree," they said and started to chop down Fir Tree.
He fell with a great crash that made the ground shake.
"Farewell my friend," whispered Lemon Tree, "I hope you become all that
you wished to be." Fir Tree was excited as they cut him into long
planks of wood. "I'm going to be an important ship!" he shouted.
But the men just piled his timber into a heap and left the woods.
"Huh!" he thought, "Now I'm just a pile of planks and no use to
Many months later, just as he had given up hoping that anybody would use
his wood, a man came along with a saw and started measuring up his
planks and cutting them into short and long lengths. "Surely the
long planks are timbers for a fine ship," he thought. But no,
the man piled his planks into a cart that rumbled off towards a nearby
Fir Tree was horrified when the man hammered his long planks into the
ground at a place where two roads met. He could not believe it
when the man started to paint words onto his short planks. "But,
I was meant to be a grand throne or a fine ship to sail the seven seas!"
he protested. "You were a tall fine Tree that pointed to My Heaven,"
said a quiet Voice, "Now you are to become a signpost to show children
the way that they should go."
The Two Ways:
Fir Tree looked at his signs which pointed to the "Broad Way" and to the
"Narrow Way." "Do you mean that children have to choose which way
they want to go?" he asked. The quiet Voice replied, "Children
need to choose whether they will follow My Son on the 'Narrow Way' and
accept Him as their Saviour, so that He can bring them safely home to
"What happens if they go the other way on the 'Broad Way'?" asked Fir
Tree. "That way only leads to destruction and being eternally
separated from Me," said the Voice sorrowfully, "But children have a
free will and they must choose for themselves which way they wish to
The Right Way:
Fir Tree stood proudly every day as he watched children of all ages walk
down the road. He was sad when many made the "Broad Way" their
choice. He realised that they had not read Proverbs 14:12 which
"There is a way that seems right to a man,
but in the end it leads
But his heart jumped with joy as a few chose the "Narrow Way". He
wondered at the joyful singing and music that came floating back in the
air as they trudged over the hill in the distance, where a great beacon
of light beckoned.
Do you remember how fruitful the lemon tree was? God wants to make us
fruitful as well. God also wants us to go the right way and ask
Jesus into our Hearts.
He wants us to grow tall as Christians by living lives that will please
Jesus. And then we too, will be signposts to Heaven. I hope
you are one at school and one at home!