Saturday, May 24, 2008

Fern and the Bamboo

O.k. I got this email this week and I love it so I decided to share. I hope you enjoy it too. I makes me think.

The Fern and the Bamboo ~

One day, I decided to quit. I wanted to quit my job, to quit my relationships, to quit my spirituality; I even 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?"

God's answer surprised me. "Look around", God 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, and 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 the third year there was still nothing from the bamboo seed ~ But I would not quit."

"In the fourth year, again, there was nothing from the bamboo seed ~ Still, I would not quit."

"Then in the fifth year a tiny sprout emerged from the earth. Compared to the fern it was seemingly small and insignificant ~ But just 6 months later the bamboo rose to over 100 feet tall. It had spent those five years growing roots, which made it strong and gave it what it needed to survive. I would not give any of my creations a challenge they could not handle," God said to me.

"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. The bamboo had a different purpose than the fern, yet they both make the forest beautiful. Your time will come," God said to me, "when you will rise high."

"How high should I rise?" I asked.

"How high will the bamboo rise?" God asked in return.

"As high as it can?" I questioned.

"Yes," God said, "give me glory by rising as high as you can. And remember... I will never leave you, nor forsake you. I will never give up on you. I will never, ever quit on you."

Everyone has days when they want to 'quit'. When there are struggles or obstacles in life, remember we're just growing roots!!

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Jodi said...

What a great and inspirational story! Thanks! Jodi