The Bamboo and Fern Story

I was reading some old messages the other night when I stumbled this story a friend sent me three years ago. Felt like God was telling this to me cause it came on the most perfect time. Sharing this to you hoping that you will find this helpful in case you need encouragement.

This is the story of the bamboo and the fern.

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 asked, ‘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’, He 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.’ He 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.’

He asked 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.’

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 and brought back this story.
I hope these words can help you see that God will never give up on you.

Never, Never, Never Give up.

Credits to the owner/author of the story.

When you feel down and thought God has been doing nothing for you, always remember that he is growing your roots. He will never ever quit on you. He will never leave you nor forsake you (Deuteronomy 31:6). He will be with you to the end of the age (Matthew 28:20).

May this story be a great reminded of how God will never give up on us.

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On the Sea

Its 10pm. And here i am on the middle of the sea traveling by ferry. I let the wind swept my hair and brush my face, it was something i missed. The white waves that creates this soothing sound as it crashes against the foot of the ship. The subtle mists, the stillness.

I was staring in the vastness of the ocean and its pitch black hue. I am almost blinded. Thank God for the occasional glint of light from the lighthouses and lights from the nearby islands that we passed thru.
It was great moment. A quiet one.

I put on my earphones and fill myself with music when a favorite of mine played “I’m inlove with You” by Kari Jobe. Oh! It was like my last day on earth, that moment, i can savor forever. It was surely my kind of “emo”. Lol.

Suddenly, i caught myself talking to God, just praising Him for his creation, his creations that always amazes me. Then he put something in my heart:

Psalms 139:7-12

7 Where can I go from your Spirit? Where can I flee from your presence?

8 If I go up to the heavens, you are there; if I make my bed in the depths, you are there.

9 If I rise on the wings of the dawn, if I settle on the far side of the sea,

10 even there your hand will guide me, your right hand will hold me fast.

11 If I say, “Surely the darkness will hide me and the light become night around me,”

12 even the darkness will not be dark to you; the night will shine like the day, for darkness is as light to you.

You see me.
You see me as your child even if the darkness of my heart hides me.
You see me as wonderful even if the world tells me im not.
You see me as a minister when i cant even know if i can.
You see me as a light in the pitch black world.
You said i can because you will enable me.
You said i am because you made me one.
You see me as yours.
You see me as yours.

I am not defined by what the world tells of me.

Its 11pm and Im about to arrive to my destination. The wind seems never tired of blowing just like God is never tired of me. Im stepping down to another place with indeed another journey, but one thing’s for sure. Wherever i am, i can never flee from his presence. ๐Ÿ˜

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[Feb.11, 2013] Today, Charm, we believe God wants you to know that …

you belong.

You are part of a community: people of faith. Worship with others, share with others, experience God with others. You are not in this alone; you have an entire family of believers out there. Today is a good day to seek some of them out.

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– Message from God Facebook Application

Enjoy! Godbless

-Charm ๐Ÿ™‚

[Feb. 1,2013] Today, Charm, we believe God wants you to know that …

the life you are having is the life you are creating.

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Photo of me last summer Taken at: Puerto Galera, Philippines

Even when this seems paradoxical on the surface, – how could you ever possibly want anything but happiness, – on a deeper level, there is something in you that is making it so. To transform your life you first must understand what is keeping it the way it is.

-Message from God Facebook Application

Enjoy! God bless

-Charm ๐Ÿ™‚

PERSPECTIVES: On Crowd and in Life

Last Sunday, as I was attending Sunday service at church, our Youth Ministry leader imparted something in relation to our perspective in life.

As per his story, he was walking through a big crowd of students and commuters since it was the rush hour of Monday, the busiest day of the week. While walking through the jammed street, crowd seemed to be too big, the situation seemed to be too hard, as if there is no way to withdraw yourself from it, as if there is no faith…

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When he arrived in his destination located in the fourth floor of the building, he take a look from the same crowd that he pass though a while ago, they were small, as if was so easy to pass through them, as if he can conquer everything now..

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Then God revealed something that moment, he was reminded that in people’s perspective problems always seemed big and unconquerable but when we start to see things in God’s perspective, we will be amazed on how smallย we see obstacles are, it is because God is bigger than all of those… ๐Ÿ™‚

Enjoy! God bless

– Charm

[Jan.30, 2012] Today, Charm, we believe God wants you to know that …

when you are at a loss of what to do, do nothing.

Doing nothing can be very wise. When you pause doing things, you become more aware of God’s presence, and often an unexpected solution to your question will arise.

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– Message from God Facebook Application

Enjoy! God bless

-Charm ๐Ÿ™‚

Make a Difference

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“You do not belong to the world”(John 15:19), God reminded as I stare blankly in the space. My mind is pre-occupied with hanging questions that pertains to the world.

I remember a friend told me, “youโ€™ll understand and do it soon.” talking about the pre marital sex. I tried not to react violently, rather, I asked her why. “Because thatโ€™s the trend and its normal.” she replied. “Not because everybody is doing it, means that its right.” I justified. The conversation goes on until I decided to keep quiet and silently pray for the world. A clear realization was formed in my mind. I was challenged.

Chasing purity isnโ€™t easy yet possible. Yes, indeed possible, with God ,even in the midst of this modern era.

Our generation had been socially degraded, pre-judged and moulded into someone were not. The world makes us think that itโ€™s ok not to pursue purity; because being impure is “normal” and staying pure is “weird and not cool”. Some teaches us to be mediocre so not to be called “trying hard”. Others encourage us to love material things in which they determine your value and worth.

“Iba na talaga ang mga bata ngayon”ย (children nowadays are really different), a clichรฉ. I agree, were different, cause this generation is called by God.

An ambitious generation that will fill the world with Word!

A dynamic young people that will stand up for God!

A strong willed group that will strive for the Lord’s purpose!

We are the light of the world and..

WE WILL MAKE A DIFFERENCE!

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[Jan. 26,2013] Today, Charm, we believe God wants you to know that …

God is there for you to hold on.

Hold on to what is good, even if it’s a handful of earth. Hold on to what you believe, even if it’s a tree that stands by itself. Hold on to what you must do, even if it’s a long way from here. Hold on to your faith, even if it’s easier to let go. Hold on to God’s hand.

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-Message of God facebook Application

Enjoy! God bless

– Charm ๐Ÿ™‚

I’ll be a bride in God’s perfect time :)

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Let us rejoice and be glad
and give him glory!
For the wedding of the Lamb has come,
and his bride has made herself ready.

– Revelation 19:7

No, Im not getting married, I dont even have a boyfriend atm, but hopeful that I’ll wear my own bridal gown in God’s perfect time.. โค

Enjoy! Godbless

-Charm ๐Ÿ™‚