This is an amazing short story about a man who decided to quit his job, relationship and spirituality, but before it, he asked for advice from God.
“I woke up one day and went through it as usual, when I felt the sudden urge to quit everything – my job, my relationship and my spirituality. Before that, I went to have a final talk with God, and asked him if he can give me at least one reason why not to quit it all.”
“Look around you,” God said. “Do you see the fern and the bamboo?” I said “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. In the second year the Fern grew more vibrant and plentiful. Yet nothing came from the bamboo seed. But I did not quit on the bamboo.”
I continued: “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. 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.”
Then God asked: “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 added. “The bamboo had a different Purpose than the fern. Yet they both make the forest beautiful. Your time will come. You will rise high”.
“How high should I Rise?” I asked him, and God replied: “How high will the bamboo rise?”
Confused, I answered: “As high as it can?” and God said: “Yes. Give Me glory by rising as high as you can.”
After this unusual conversation I went home and wrote this story to let you know that God loves you and will never quit on you, so you must never give up – instead, you need to rise as high as you can!”
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