The Fern and the Bamboo

                                                           
The Fern and the Bamboo
One day I decided to quit...I quit my job, my relationship, my
spirituality.... I wanted to quit my life. I went to the woods to have
one last talk with God.
 
"God", I said. "Can you give me one good reason not to quit?"
 
His answer surprised me.
 
"Look around", He said. "Do you see the fern and the bamboo?"
 
"Yes", I replied.
 
"When I planted the fern and the bamboo seeds, I took very good
care of them. I gave them light. I gave them water. The fern quickly
grew from the earth. Its brilliant green covered the floor. Yet nothing
came from the bamboo seed. But I did not quit on the bamboo.
 
In the second year the fern grew more vibrant and plentiful. And
again, nothing came from the bamboo seed. But I did not quit on the
bamboo.
 
"In year three there was still nothing from the bamboo seed. But
I would not quit. The same in year four.
 
"Then in the fifth year, a tiny sprout emerged from the earth.
Compared to the fern, it was seemingly small and insignificant.
 
But just six months later, the bamboo rose to over 100 feet
tall. It had spent the five years growing roots. Those roots made it
strong and gave it what it needed to survive. I would not give any of my
creations a challenge it could not handle.
 
"Did you know, my child, that all this time you have been
struggling, you have actually been growing roots? I would not quit on
the bamboo. I will never quit on you.
 
"Don't compare yourself to others." He said. "The bamboo had a
different purpose than the fern. Yet they both make the forest
beautiful.
 
"Your time will come", God said to me. "You will rise high"
 
"How high should I rise?" I asked.
 
"How high will the bamboo rise?" He asked in return.
 
"As high as it can?" I questioned
 
"Yes." He said, "Give me glory by rising as high as you can."
 
I left the forest, realizing that God will never give up on me.
And He will never give up on you.
 
Never regret a day in your life.
 
Good days give you happiness; bad days give you experiences;
both are essential to life.

 

About Andrea

I am from Whitby, Ontario. I have lived in Romania for 9 years as a missionary but I am currently in Canada on a sabbatical break at this time. I have also lived in South Korea for a year and I have also been to Russia, Uganda, Albania and the Czech Republic on short-term mission trips. In 2012, God also gave me an amazing opportunity to go to Mozambique for the Harvest Mission School with Iris Ministries as well. I love children, reaching out to people who are in need and vulnerable, I have a passion to fight against the injustice issue of human trafficking and to simply share the love of Jesus wherever I go. I also love cats too and I have a cat of my own named Minnie!
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