Monday, June 25, 2007


The Fern and the Bamboo.....

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 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".

He said. "In the third year, there was still nothing from the bamboo
But I would not quit.

In the fourth year, again, there was nothing from the bamboo seed.
But 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 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

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 regret a day in your life.
Good days give you Happiness.
Bad days give you Experiences.
Both are essential to life.
Keep going...
Happiness keeps you Sweet,
Trials keep you Strong,
Sorrows keep you Human,
Failures keep you Humble,
Success keeps You Glowing,
But Only God keeps You Going!

Have a great day! The Son is shining!!

God is so big He can cover the whole world with his Love and so small
He can curl up inside your heart.


  1. I'm trying to hang in there, John, but it so feels like God gave up on me... With Mike gone/it not happennning, all my hope and faith has gone too...

    Your post was beautiful. I just can't feel it...I am so on the edge of more than despair...

    Blessings to you, and I am glad that you feel better/stronger --

  2. Loving- I feel so deeply for you- and I certainly don't have any pat "Christian answerers" that quite franlkly make me kinda sick!

    I would never try to reduce your feelings down to a convienient little scripture, not knowing anything about the depth and breadth of your obvious loss or despair.

    I can promise to pray- and If you would like to share I will certainly listen. You know deep down God loves YOU. Finding your way back to those loving arms is hard.

    Father, please allow Loving Annie- supernaturally- to test and prove that you are indeed the God you say you are, to bring about a positive no non-sense change in her life where she knows beyond a shadow of a doubt that you still care for, and love her as much if not more now than you ever did.

    May she turn to you and find you- with open waiting loving arms- not distant and cold as she may be feeling now. Father in your own Words-


    In Jesus Name,



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