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The Fern & 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 forest 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. Just six months later however, 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, especially at the heights of its potential.

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, realising 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 experience; both are essential to life. Serenity isn’t freedom from the storm, it is peace within the storm.


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