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The Bamboo has a different purpose than the Fern

A picture of depression

The Bamboo Story

One day I decided to quit my job, relationship, spirituality, and my life.

But I decided to have one last conversation with God.

The Lord asked me, “Give me one good reason not to quit?’

And He continued, “Look all around, 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.

And the fern sprouted quickly from the earth.  It’s brilliant green covering the soil.

Lace Fern (Microlepia Strigosa)

Yet nothing came from the bamboo seed.

But I did not quit on the bamboo.

The following 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 year after, there was still nothing from the bamboo seed.

But I would not quit.

By the fourth year, there was still nothing from the bamboo seed.

But I still wouldn’t quit.

Then in the fifth year, a tiny sprout emerged from the earth and compared to the fern it seemed small and insignificant.

But half a year later, the bamboo rose to over a hundred feet.

It had spent the five years growing it’s roots.  Roots that made it strong and gave what it needed to survive.”

Remember my child, “I would not give any of my creations a challenge it could not handle.”

Strong Bamboo

The Lord then asked me. “Did you know, my child, that during your time of struggle, you have actually been growing your own roots.”

“I would not quit on the bamboo and I will never quit on you.”

“Don’t compare yourself to others as the bamboo has an entirely different purpose than the fern.”

“Be mindful that your  time will come.”

God added, “You will rise high”

I responded, “How high will I go?”

“How high will the bamboo rise?” The Lord 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 with this story and I hope that these words can help you realize that God will never giver up on you.

For the Christian Prayer is not an option but an opportunity.

Remember, “Don’t tell the Lord how big  the problem is, tell the problem how Great the Lord is!

Now…what will you do with this message?

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