The Fern and The Bamboo

BambooNFernsOne 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.

“In year three there was still nothing from the bamboo seed. But I would not quit. The same in year four.

“Then in the fifth year, a tiny sprout emerged from the earth. Compared to the fern, it was seemingly small and insignificant.

But just six 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.

“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, realizing that God will never give up on me. And He will never give up on you.

Never regret a day in your life.

Good days give you happiness; bad days give you experiences;

Both of them are essential to life.

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3 thoughts on “The Fern and The Bamboo

  1. I believe you have changed my perspective on regrets. As you know, I have expressed regrets over my estranged children from a prior marriage. I now look over this situation and I see it a bit differently.

    Instead of regretting my actions and feeling down, I see that it was a learning experience which I have learned never to repeat. I am still saddened by their lack of response to me, but I know not to repeat the mistakes I made which helped lead me to that outcome…a time of learning.

    Thank you my dear sister for these wise words!


    • Brother, Thank you very much you share a bit about you 🙂 my thinking, everything happened in our lives is a part of life process and for me it will be a very good lesson to learn. Learn to doing what is right and what is good. Regret is also a good lesson but we don’t even need haunted by regrets 🙂 once again thank you, brother. You teach me a lot about life. God bless.

      • You have said much here, sis! We do learn from both the good and the bad, and we certainly do ourselves no good by holding onto regrets and sorrows past.

        There is an old saying: “We can’t see where we are going if we’re always looking back.”

        That is so true. We see our strengths and our weaknesses in life, but always move forward with the help and will of God!

        And I too learn about life from much of what you say, both in your posts and to me personally. Thank you!! 🙂 !!

        Your dear friend,

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