One ordinary day, I decided to QUIT… Yes, I’ve made a decision to quit my job, my relationship and my spirituality. I’ve decided to quit my life. But, before I do that, I went in to the woods to have one last talk with God.
I asked God: “God, can you give me one good reason not to quit?”
His answer surprised me. God said: “Look around. Do you see the fern and the bamboo?”
I replied: “Yes. 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.”
And then, God replied: “After 3 years, there was 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. 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. You should never compare yourself to others. 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.”
So, I asked God: “How high should I rise?”
God asked me: “How high will the bamboo rise?”
I was confused: “As high as it can?”
”Yes.” He replied, “Give Me glory by rising as high as you can.”
Ladies and gentlemen, you should never, never, never, give up – because God will never give up on you. And remember – don’t tell the Lord how big the problem is, tell the problem how Great the Lord is!