day I decided to quit....
I quit my job, my relationship,
I wanted to quit my life.
I went to the woods to have one last talk with God.
"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 give up on the bamboo.
In the second
year the fern grew more vibrant and lush. But again,
nothing came from the bamboo seed.
Yet I did not give up on the bamboo,"
there was still nothing
from the bamboo seed.
But I would not give up.
In year four,
again, there was nothing from the bamboo seed. I would
not give up" He said.
in the fifth year a tiny sprout
emerged from the earth.
Compared to the fern it was seemingly small and insignificant...
But in just
six months the bamboo rose
to more than one-hundred 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 asked me:
"Did you not know, my child,
that all this time, as you have been struggling, you have
actually been growing roots?
I would not
give up on the bamboo.
I will never give up on you.
Don't compare yourself to others.
The bamboo had
a purpose different
from the fern.
Yet they both make the forest beautiful.
Your time will come.
You will rise high."
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 Give up.
For the Christian,
prayer is not an option but an opportunity. Don't tell
how big the problem is, tell the problem
how Great the Lord is!
opened this morning,
and God asked me...
"My Child... what can I do for you?"
and I said, "Please protect and bless
the one reading this message."
God smiled and answered ....
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