The story is told of a carpenter who was hired by a certain gentleman to help restore an old farm house had just finished a rough first day on the job. A flat tire had made him loose an hour of work, his electric saw quit, and then his ancient pickup refused to start.
As the gentleman drove him home, the carpenter sat in stony silence. On arriving he invited the gentleman in to meet his family. As he walked toward the front door, he paused briefly at a small tree, touching the tips of the branches with both hands. Then opening the door, he underwent an amazing transformation. His tanned face was wreathed in smiles, and he hugged his two small children and gave his wife a kiss.
Afterward, they walked back to the car. They passed the tree, and gentleman’s curiosity got the better of him. He asked the carpenter about what he had seen him do earlier. “Oh, that’s my trouble tree,” the carpenter replied. “I know I can’t help having troubles on the job, but one thing’s for sure – those troubles do not belong in the house with my wife and children. So I just hang them on the tree every night when I come home, then in the morning I pick them up again. Funny thing is, when I come out in the morning to pick them up, there aren’t nearly as many as I remember hanging up the night before.”
“Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time: Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you” (1 Pet 5:6-7). Let Jesus be your “trouble tree.”
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