Back in the day, far sighted people planted groves of trees for use decades in the future. Even the US Navy still does this, for the sake of USS Constitution. I remember in The Cardinal, the little parish Steve was sent to had a grove of trees that came in handy in hard times.
A friend sent a story today that the first oak tree of 1000 was selected for the rebuilding of the spire and roof of Notre-Dame de Paris. HERE
Some trees will be from state land and others from private land.
The trees will be cut up and stored for 12 to 18 months to prepare them for use in the reconstruction phase which is set to begin in autumn 2022, allowing for a planned reopening of the cathedral in April 2024.
Talk about the best fate a tree could have.
Think about the acorn falling where it did, the tree growing through all that time, to wind up as part of Notre-Dame. Our lives are a little like that, in that we can’t see at the moment where we will wind up. But God in His providence knows. If we are trying to do His will, we are where we are supposed to be. We are the team He selected for these troubling times.