Tuesday, March 28, 2006

Bamboo Lesson

You may find this uplifting & helpful...

One day I decided to quit… 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", God 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."

God 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." God said.

"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 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." God said to me.

"Did you know, 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." God 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?" God asked in return.

"As high as it can?" I questioned.

"Yes." God said, "Give me glory by rising as high as you can."

God never gives up on you. Life is not a problem to be solved, but a gift to be enjoyed.

Yet how often have I been impatient & envious, demanding my dreams my way on my terms? How often have I run ahead, barefoot, only to find cuts & bruises on my unprotected feet and have myself fall out of track, vision blurred & heart anguished?

But when I realise that every man/woman has his/her day & season of glory, I can afford to be more patient and to enjoy the joy & pain of each adventure.


x said...

The story is so inspiring. Good work.

Angeline Tan said...

Thanks, that did me good too when my friend sent it to me. ;)

Jason Ong said...

yup couldn't agree better... let's wait in preparation to the moment of His glory manifested in us! :)