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1 Bamboo and the Fern on Tue Feb 09, 2010 11:31 am


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?"

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, 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
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

I would not give any of my creations a challenge they 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. 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

"How high should I rise?" I asked.

"How high will the bamboo rise?" HE asked in

"As high as it can?" I questioned.

"Yes," HE 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...obstacles in life,
remember we're just growing roots!!

GOD has a purpose in mind for each one of us
and we need to talk to HIM and let HIM help us realize that
purpose Always remember, HE'LL never leave us,
HE'LL never forsake us, and HE'LL never quit on us.
Have a wonderfully blessed day!!!

2 Re: Bamboo and the Fern on Tue Feb 09, 2010 11:59 am


Very nice, good post.

3 Re: Bamboo and the Fern on Tue Feb 09, 2010 12:46 pm


Thanks Tyler,I thought it very inspiring..

we have about 6" of snow this morning, what a shock to come home from warmth and sunshine to cold and snowy, but it is so very beautiful to look at~~

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