Tuesday, November 28, 2006

The Fern and the Bamboo

I am in the midst of my exams, but wanted to share this inspiring story. It is a good reflection especially when we are experiencing spiritual dryness, or situations where we do not understand God's plan for us. It can be a strength when we are going through some struggles or difficulties in life. So dear friends, enjoy reading it. Be open and responsive to the voice of God speaking through this story.

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". He said. "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. I would not
quit." He said. "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 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."

He 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."
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 and brought back this story. I hope these words can help
you see that God 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. Keep going...