No One is Useless: Tale of a Misfit Tree

Do you sometimes feel like a misfit or useless? Or even worse, think of others as such? We cannot see behind their scenes, and neither can others see ours. Many did not even notice the poor widow in the temple who put all she had in the offering.  

She probably seemed insignificant, perhaps poorly dressed and a little run down. No one important, not one to notice. But the Lord saw and it pleased his heart. And to him, whether one is serving quietly in their own little corner or doing great works before many, each act and everyone person counts. Just as the following simple story illustrates.

The Tale of the Misfit Tree

“Seeing a tree grow somewhat irregular in a very neat orchard,” said a certain Mr. Flavel, “I told the owner it was a pity that that tree should stand there, and that if it were mine I would root it up, and thereby reduce the orchard to an exact uniformity.”

But the farmer replied, that he regarded the fruit more than the form, and that its irregularity was abundantly outweighed by that more considerable advantage. “This tree, which you would root up, has yielded me more fruit than many of those trees which have nothing else to recommend them but their regular situation.”

“I could not,” added Mr. Flavel, “but yield to the reason of this answer, and wished it had been spoken so loudly that all who demand conformity and uniformity in the Lord’s orchard had heard it. For they would root up many hundreds of the best learners simply because they don’t stand in exact order with others who outwardly conform – but yield less fruit.

Such, alas, is the prejudice of our minds, that we are too prone to condemn those who do not view things exactly as we do. We lay down plans and rules for ourselves, and then blame others if they do not follow them. Too often also are we mistaken in our opinions of others, and imagine that they are only taking up space, when probably they bring forth the fruits of righteousness in greater abundance than ourselves!

[Based on a story by W. Buck from The Biblical Illustrator; in the Public Domain.]

So don’t chop the Lord’s trees down, but try to see the beauty and value of their uniqueness!

If one member suffers, all suffer together; if one member is honored, all rejoice together.

1 Corinthians 12:26

Images: Orchard by Three-Shots | Apples by PhotoMix Company.

Published by Signora Sheila

I am a wife, mom, nonna, blogger, and missionary in Italy. But really, I'm just an ordinary woman on a journey, trying to slow down enough to hear the still small voice of God and live for all that is truly important in this world.

10 thoughts on “No One is Useless: Tale of a Misfit Tree

  1. Thank you – this is a very important thing to remember. I was recently judging someone at my church, thinking that they were shallow, and then found out that they pray for others everyday at their workplace. “God opposes the arrogant but gives grace to the humble.”


    1. Thank YOU, for this example. I’m afraid we do this far more often than we are even aware of. May God help us to be more conscious of our attitudes and help us to transform them through his word!! Be blessed.


    1. Ha, that’s a good one, Shari. Never thought about it before, but I guess I probably do that sometimes too. Yet all the Lord really calls us to do is to be faithful right where he’s planted us, and to do what he puts across our path. And he is pleased with any service, large or small, if done wholeheartedly! Be blessed.

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  2. So well said and should bring many of us under conviction for judging a person who may appear to be idle! None of us knows with certainty what call the Lord has on someone’s life and I think from scripture it seems clear He is more interested in the heart and what is not done for public consumption than those who seek to be known for their ministry! Well done, my friends!!

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