It was one seemingly ordinary day when I decided to QUIT… All of a sudden I made a decision to quit my job, my relationship and finally my spirituality. I just wanted to quit my life.
But before that, I went to the wood to have one last talk with God.
I started: “God, can you give me one good reason not to quit?”
His answer really surprised me: “Look around”, He said. “Do you see the fern and the bamboo?”
I replied: “Yes. 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.
But still, nothing came from the bamboo seed. But I did not quit on the bamboo.
He said: “In year three there was still nothing from the bamboo seed.But I would not quit. In year four, again, there was nothing from the bamboo seed. 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 5 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 that it could not handle.”
After that, God asked me: “Did you know, my child, that all this time you’ve been struggling, you have actually been growing roots. I did not quit on the bamboo. I will never quit on you.”
“Don’t compare yourself to others.” added the Lord. ”The bamboo had a different Purpose than the fern. Yet they both make the forest beautiful.” He said to me: “Your time will come”
“You will rise high”.
Then I asked: “How high should I rise?”
“How high will the bamboo rise?” He added.
I was very confused: “As high as it can?”
”Yes.” He said, “Give Me glory by rising as high as you can.”
After having this conversation I left the forest and I wrote this great story. I really hope that these words could help you to see that God is never going to give up on you.
You should never, ever, Give up.
Don’t tell the Lord how big your problem is, tell the problem how Great the Lord is!
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