I once hired a plumber to help me repair an old farmhouse that I owned few years back though I was not staying there anymore. He already had a rough and tiresome day as his equipment that he brought along with him gave way. The car that he drove had a flat tire, his electric drill became faulty, his old car broke down, his tiffin that he had brought was spoilt and to top it, he lost his wallet and his bank kept calling him for loan repayments. In all these tensions and stress, he finished my repair work at my farmhouse.
Since his car broke down, I drove him home. While I drove him home, he sat silently, but I could mark his agony and restlessness. On arriving, he invited me in to meet his family. As we walked toward the front door, he paused at a small tree, touching the tips of the branches with both hands and closed his eyes. When the door opened, he was smiling and happy. In seconds he underwent an amazing transformation. He hugged his two small children, gave his wife a kiss, laughed, and never even slightly made them feel the troubles that he had encountered that day.
I was astonished and curious. Seeing my inquisitive eyes, he said, ‘Oh that’s my Trouble Tree. My best friend. My trouble carrier for the night.’ He replied, ‘I know I cannot help having troubles on the job, but one thing’s for sure, those troubles don’t belong in the house with my wife and the children. So I just hang them up on the tree every night when I come home and ask God to take care of them. Then in the morning I pick them up again.’
He then smiled and shared a secret. He said, ‘when I come out in the morning to pick troubles up, there aren’t nearly as many as I remember hanging there the night before!!’ Life may be a burden of worries, but there is a way to keep our loved ones untouched from these worries. Time will heal every wound. Whoever is tensed today, look for a tree it will take away all your fears and worries and make you happy and contented.………….