Today is Monday, March 1st, 2004; Karen's Korner #241

Did you enjoy the "extra day" yesterday for Leap Year? Our S. S. class had a pizza party for supper last night to celebrate a February with 5 Sundays in it! Do you know how soon that happens again? We asked that question to our class several weeks ago and Denny Bruley brought us the computer answer yesterday...........28 years from now! It has happened in 1920, 1948, 1976 and this year; and it will repeat in 2032, 2060, and 2088. So I have experienced three of them........and at best will experience one more!! How will you (and I) spend our years between now and 2032!?? (For the record, there are no leap years on 1900 nor 2100, because it keeps the times in the years more exact!)


Today we celebrate the first anniversary of Karen's Korners; it was on this date in 2003 that I introduced Karen's Korners to my mailing list and, as they say "the rest is history! Thanks for allowing me to come into your homes for the past 240 notes!!


Thanks, too, for those of you who emailed a short note to tell me that you missed Karen's Korners while we were gone south for nearly two weeks! I appreciate those kind words. One of the things we did while in Houston, Texas, was to see the movie "The Passion of Christ" on opening day, Ash Wednesday afternoon at a 24-plex cinema where the movie was in four the theatres. It was not filled to capacity in the stadium-seating theatre, but many of the evening showings were sold out at 3 p.m. If you haven't seen it, you should. Our minister said it best at church on Sunday, "it is the most outstanding, gruesome, magnificient, and terrible movie I have every seen!"


With thoughts of the Lenten Season, I would like to share this writing which I received from my cousin, Marcia Ingham several months ago:



Story of Three Trees

Once there were three trees on a hill in the woods. They were discussing their hopes and dreams when the first tree said, "Someday I hope to be a treasure chest. I could be filled with gold, silver and precious gems. I could be decorated with intricate carving and everyone would see the beauty."

Then the second tree said, "Someday I will be a mighty ship. I will take kings and queens across the waters and sail to the corners of the world.  Everyone will feel safe in me because of the strength of my hull."

Finally the third tree said, "I want to grow to be the tallest and straightest tree in the forest. People will see me on top of the hill and look up to my branches, and think of the heavens and God and how close to them I am reaching. I will be the greatest tree of all time and people will always remember me."

After a few years of praying that their dreams would come true, a group of woodsmen came upon the trees. When one came to the first tree he said,"This looks like a strong tree, I think I should be able to sell the wood to a
carpenter," and he began cutting it down. The tree was happy, because he knew that the carpenter would make him into a treasure chest.

At the second tree the woodsman said, "This looks like a strong tree, I should be able to sell it to the shipyard." The second tree was happy because he knew he was on his way to becoming a mighty ship.

When the woodsmen came upon the third tree, the tree was frightened because he knew that if they cut him down his dreams would not come true. One of the woodsmen said, "I don't need anything special from my tree, so I'll take this one", and he cut it down.

When the first tree arrived at the carpenters, he was made into a feed box for animals. He was then placed in a barn and filled with hay. This was not at all what he had prayed for.

The second tree was cut and made into a small fishing boat. His dreams of being a mighty ship and carrying kings had come to an end. The third tree was cut into large pieces and left alone in the dark.

The years went by, and the trees forgot about their dreams. Then one day, a man and woman came to the barn. She gave birth and they placed the baby in the hay in the feed box that was made from the first tree. The man wished that he could have made a crib for the baby, but this manger would have to do. The tree could feel the importance of this event and knew that it had held the greatest treasure of all time.

Years later, a group of men got in the fishing boat made from the second tree. One of them was tired and went to sleep. While they were out on the water, a great storm arose and the tree didn't think it was strong enough to
keep the men safe. The men woke the sleeping man, and He stood and said "Peace" and the storm stopped. At this time, the tree knew that it had carried the King of Kings in its boat.

Finally, someone came and got the third tree. It was carried through the streets as the people mocked the man who was carrying it. When they came to a stop, the man was nailed to the tree and raised in the air to die at the
top of a hill. When Sunday came, the tree came to realize that it was strong enough to stand at the top of the hill and be as close to God as was possible, because Jesus had been crucified on it.

The moral of this story is that when things don't seem to be going your way, always know that God has a plan for you. If you place your trust in Him, He will give you great gifts. Each of the trees got what they wanted, just not
in the way they had imagined. We don't always know what God's plans are for us. We just know that His ways are not our ways, but His ways are always best.

-- unknown author