But before that, I went to the forest to have one last talk with God.
I started: “God, can you give me one good reason not to quit?”
His answer really surprised me. God Said: “Look around. Do you see the fern and the bamboo?”
I replied: “Yes.”
And God started explaining what happened…..
“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.
But still, nothing came from the bamboo seed. But I did not quit on the bamboo.
In year three there was still nothing from the bamboo seed. But I didn’t quit. In year four, again, there was nothing from the bamboo seed. Still, I didn’t 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 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.”
After that, God 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 too.”
“Don’t compare yourself to others.” God added. ”The bamboo had a different Purpose than the fern. Yet they both make the forest beautiful.”
God said to me: “Your time will come. You will rise high”
I asked: “How high should I rise?”
God also asked: “How high will the bamboo rise?”
I was confused: “As high as it can?”
And God said, “Yes my child. Give Me glory by rising as high as you can. And my child, never give up. Because I will never give up on you.”