Posts Tagged ‘three trees’


April 16, 2009

 Recently I read in DNA Newspaper (Bangalore Edition 15/4/09) about how the surgeons in Russia found a Fir tree measuring 5 cm in height. It was reported that a young Russian(27 years) complained of severe chest pain and was coughing blood. This news item aroused my interest and I thought I should post this in my blog. The mystery as to how a Fir tree got inside the lung of a person was somewhat solved by the surmise of the doctors that the patient might have inhaled a small bud, which then started to grow inside his body. I was surprised to know that fir trees can grow up to a height of 30 to 260 feet and any way it is good that it has been removed when it reached a height of 5 cm.

When I googled about Fir trees , and human lungs I got the following result which I reproduce below:

“Fir tree has no insect or decay resistance qualities after logging, it is generally recommended for construction purposes as indoor use only. This wood left outside can not be expected to last more than 12-18 months depending on the type of climate it is exposed to”. “Human lungs help in breathing.There are two lungs on the right and left side with the left being divided into two lobes and the right into three lobes. Together, the lungs contain approximately 1500 miles (2,400 km) of airways and 300 to 500 million alveoli. having a total surface area of about 70 m2 in adults — roughly the same area as a singles badminton court. The surface area is roughly the same area as a tennis court . Furthermore, if all of the capillaries that surround the alveoli were unwound and laid end to end, they would extend for about 620 miles.” Humans (active person) breathes about 20,000 liters of air every day.Even though sufficient safeguards to prevent particles or dust to entering our syetem, it is not known how he allowed the tree to grow inside him.Had he been in India he would have had the chance of seeing the Government Advertisement “Grow one tree per family”,which wanted the people to grow trees outside. Fortunately the doctor were able to remove the young tree,Otherwise it would have grown out of the patient..It would have been difficult to bend it ,like the Tamil Idiom says “Aindhil Valayadhathu,Aiymbathil Valayuma”(When you cannot bend it at 5, how you are going to bend it at 50). I recollect having read an interesting story about the wishes made by three trees.I dug it from the web and reproduce the same below:

“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. 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 a 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 at the top of a hill and raised in the air to die. 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 biblical 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. In this story each of the trees got what it wanted, just not in the way it had dreamt. “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.”

The Fir tree also might have had a dream to come out of the lungs where he got inadvertently trapped and the surgery must have been a dream come true for the Fir tree.