The Bamboo,The Fern,and Me

  
I sat quietly and 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. 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. But 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 six 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.’
He then 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, the both make the forest beautiful. Your time will come and you will rise high!’ ‘Good days give you happiness. Bad days give you experience. Both are essential to life, so keep going.’
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About C.K. Aaron

Engineer of human souls or I'd rather be called a lifelong-learner. I am Phleg-Mel. Docendo disco, scribendo cogito.I feel content with a good book and a cup of coffee.

Posted on November 26, 2008, in Divine Guidance. Bookmark the permalink. 3 Comments.

  1. so true, good days give one happiness and the bads give one experience… don worry, u’re not alone struggling in this world. don give up my friend =)

  2. hey aaron..
    very inspiring story..
    thanks for sharing..
    ‘jia you’!
    God bless! 🙂

  3. I cried after reading this beautiful story. Thank you for posting this! x

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