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. 😍

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[April 17, 2013] Today, Charm, we believe God wants you to know that …

 

truth always wins.

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Doing right is never wrong. Being honest and trustworthy is the way to live. Perhaps a slight twist of the facts might bring a short term gain. A little misrepresentation might bring some short term satisfaction. But in the end truth always wins, so live like a winner.

 

Enjoy! Godbless 🙂

Charm

[April 15,2013] Today, Charm, we believe God wants you to know that …

when the world seems crazy, chaotic, destructive, you can choose to create your own world of peace and love.

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You do not have to immerse yourself in the illusion of craziness. You can create your own heaven on earth by being kind, surrounding yourself with good people, and nurturing the earth.

Enjoy! Godbless 🙂

-Charm

[April 11, 2013] Today we believe God wants us to know that …

 

your heart is your compass.

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Set a course in the direction that your heart commands and it will lead the way to God. Follow it, and you will always be on the correct path in life.

“Show me the right path, O Lord;point out the road for me to follow.Lead me by Your truth and teach me,for You are the God who saves me.All day long I put my hope in You.”
PSALM 25:4-5

– Charm

[March 22, 2013] Today, Charm, we believe God wants you to know that …

 

God will get you through the pain.

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Everyone experiences pain sometimes, emotional and physical. Next time it threatens to overwhelm you, take a deep breath. As you breathe slowly, picture God holding you, crying with you, giving you the strength to get through.

“The LORD is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit.” -Psalm 34:18

 

Enjoy! God bless 🙂

Charm 🙂

[March 19, 2013] Today, Charm, we believe God wants you to know that …

 

it’s ok to ask for help.

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You are not here to do it all alone. That would be crazy! Do you know how to grow rice, spin yard or make electricity? No one does it all alone. That’s why people have each other. Relying on and supporting each other is what makes the world go round. Don’t be shy about asking for help.

 

Enjoy! God bless 🙂

-Charm