The Good Fairy of the Woods

The Good Fairy of the Woods

The good fairy of the woods looks down from above upon all the trees. These are his trees. The fairy's life is in each tree, and all the trees grow by this life which each one has. There are big trees and little trees. There are many kinds of trees, oak, maple, elm, beech, willow, hickory, linden and many others. But the good fairy of the woods loves them all. He pro­tects, nourishes and watches over them. He sends his spirit from above to move among them and that is what makes them trees.

But the trees have one great enemy; he is the evil fairy of the storms. Again and again he whips the wind into a furious gale which takes hold of the branches and tries to tear up the trees by the roots. When this enemy, the evil fairy of the storms, sends the hurricanes to destroy the trees, they with their branches like arms outstretched in prayer, look up to the good fairy of the woods for protection. Some of them, however, are uprooted and die.

But the evil fairy of the storms is not satisfied with destroying a few trees; he wants all the trees. But the trees have vowed always to remain true and loyal to the good fairy of the woods. The evil fairy of the storms, however, tries every kind of trickery and deceit to get the trees into his clutches.

After many attempts to destroy the trees by windstorms, the evil fairy of the storms thought he would try an electric storm. He came to the trees in the disguise of a gentle breeze. Now a breeze was liked and enjoyed by all the trees for it fanned the leaves and swayed the branches to their delight. Here was the evil fairy of the storms in a gentle breeze, like a wolf in sheep's clothing. He blew the dry leaves into a heap at the foot of an old dead tree. He blew more leaves and still more until the old dead tree was surrounded by dry leaves. This done, the evil fairy of the storm escaped from the trees unnoticed, and hurriedly ascended into the skies. Now all was quiet among the trees, not a leaf was stirring. The trees themselves were surprised that the breeze had left so quickly.

Then the good fairy of the woods said, "That was not the breeze among you, my trees, that was the evil fairy of the storms."

"But that cannot be," replied the trees, "he fanned our leaves and swayed our branches much to our joy as the breeze always does."

"It was the evil fairy of the storms in the disguise of the breeze," answered the good fairy of the woods. "And he is up to some mischief by which he seeks to destroy you. If only you had not allowed him to come in!"

"He did no harm," replied the trees. "After all, he was very nice, and certainly there was no wrong in letting him come in just once."

When the good fairy of the woods heard this, he was greatly grieved that the trees had allowed his greatest enemy to come in.

In the meantime the evil fairy of the storms was driving black clouds from the West. They looked threatening, and as they rushed onward they showed their anger in long zig-zag flashes of lightning. Ever closer came the electric storm. Then the evil fairy of the storms sent down a lightning bolt that split the old dead tree and set on fire the dead leaves around its trunk. Soon there was a blaze and then a forest fire. "Alas! Alas!" said the trees, "we will all perish."

The trees cried to the good fairy of the woods in their distress. He heard their cry for help, and a drenching rain was sent to extinguish the flames. In­deed, the trees almost perished because they were not on their guard against the enemy.

The good fairy of the woods is the kind, protective power like God. The trees belonged to the good fairy of the woods as we belong to God. We must look up to this God as the trees looked up to the good fairy. There are many kinds of people just as there are many different kinds of trees. But all the people white, black, brown and yellow are God's people. He loves them all, and they all belong to Him.

The trees have an enemy; he is the evil fairy of the storms. We have an enemy; the Bible calls him Satan. He is a great evil in the world. He tries to get into our hearts by some sly trick, as the evil fairy of the storms got among the trees in the guise of a gentle breeze. He tells us that just a little lie will not hurt us, that to steal one penny cannot be so bad. By small sins he is trying to get into our hearts. That is the way he is trying to get us into his clutches. We should not give him an opportunity to get into our hearts with the smallest sin. Once inside he is hard to get out. Only God belongs in our hearts. When the evil fairy of the storms had a foothold among the trees, they called on the good fairy of the woods. If we call on God for help we are safe from any evil that tries to get into our hearts.

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