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“For I know the plans I have for you, declares YHWH, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.” Jeremiah 29:11
The story is just as relevant to me today as it was when I was little.
My mom used to read us The Tale of the Three Trees by Angela Elwell Hunt when my sisters and I were still young enough to beg for a bedtime story. I remember how it was one of the stories she would cry reading. As a girl, I never understood why.
Okay, so I guess some things have changed.
As an adult, I understand the inherent meaning of this story more than ever. No matter what, our Creator has a plan and a purpose for each of our lives. He instills in us big hopes and dreams, but sometimes our plans don’t pan out the way we expect them to.
And I’m ever so grateful.
Many of you know I’m writing a novel (trying to, anyway). Sometimes I look at my life and just laugh. Homeschooling and motherhood (oh, and wifehood too) are enough to keep me busy twenty-four hours a day, and here I go and decide to add to my to-do list. Sometimes I just want to toss the whole thing so I can have a break (maybe even watch the latest episode of Parenthood) but that’s when YHWH says:
I know the plans I have for you.
Sometimes I kick myself for not taking the opportunity to write when I had one child who took four hour long naps. Oh, all the time I could’ve spent working on my novel! Except, back then I knew much less than I know now. I had no idea what Scene and Sequel was and I’d never even heard of Deep Point of View. So really, I’m glad His plan was for me to write now, even with all the craziness. Without that time to grow and learn, I wouldn’t be where I’m at in my writing journey today.
I still have a long way to go, but I trust His plans for my future are prosperous ones. My life may not always turn out the way I expect. I may never get a publishing contract or end up on the New York Times bestseller list. But I know, whatever happens, Yah is right here with me, leading me into the Promised Land. And that’s good enough for me.
More about The Three Trees…
If you love the classic folktale, you’ll love the DVD. The Legend of the Three Trees is a sweet and simple retelling of a timeless story narrated by Hal Holbrook. Full color images come to life on the screen as we follow the Three Trees on their journeys through their dreams and disappointments. Each tree has high hopes of sailing the seas, holding treasure, or growing tall. But the Creator has different plans. As each story unfolds, we discover what true greatness looks like and that the Three Trees are more special than they realize.
I really enjoyed this DVD. It’s great for quiet time or as a companion to the book. My daughter always loves when she reads a book and is rewarded by watching a movie that goes along with it. It’s sort of her special treat for reading independently. I feel like The Legend of the Three Trees doesn’t really have an age limit because everyone can learn from this story. As Passover approaches, this tale is closer to my heart than ever. In remembering Him and what He did for us, The Legend of the Three Trees is one that can add that extra special touch to your scripture studies this month.
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Yours in Messiah Yeshua,
I received a copy of The Legend of the Three Trees through the Tommy Nelson Mommy Program. I was not asked to write a positive review. All views and opinions are solely and completely my own. I received no compensation other a copy of the DVD featured in this post, which is mine to keep or gift as I so choose. This post also contains affiliate links. To learn more, please read my full policy.
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