The story of a bamboo tree


Bamboo TreeGot this email from a friend of mine:
Don’t give up….

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 asked, “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 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.” 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 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.”
“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 hope these words can help you see that God will never give up on you.
Never, Never, Never Give up.
For the Christian Prayer is not an option but an opportunity.
Don’t tell the Lord how big the problem is,
tell the problem how Great the Lord is!

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  • This is a great story!

  • I like this story. It makes me think I must be growing quite a root system. But I still can't help but wonder if I'm ever going to see the first shoot.

  • suziescorner

    Thanks for the beautiful story of the bamboo. We can learn a lot from plants from God's creation, can't we?

  • Thanks for the beautiful story of the bamboo. We can learn a lot from plants from God's creation, can't we?

  • suziescorner

    Thanks for the beautiful story of the bamboo. We can learn a lot from plants from God's creation, can't we?

  • Patrece Floyd

    This story has restored my faith. There are times when I just feel like nothing is the way it should be, but I had to realize this journey is not about me…it is about God. When we pray, read, and minister to others, we are gain roots that we will need to flourish. Thanks for this amazing story. It has truly blessed me!

  • I love this…excellent reminder of how the root produces amazing fruit. In due season.

  • CarolWester

    Love this story its so true Maybe most of us forgot that God does have apurposefor all of us.

  • Mycahfrenztuliao

    this story is so beutiful

  • mercyf

    Thanks, very very timing and inspirational :)


    The first time I read this story, I was in prison. It touched me then and It’s still touching me now. BEAUTIFUL

  • Sher’ ~ Ilv2bme

    I have for such a LoNg Time wondered how much Longer until the show of some kind of results would it be of validating ALL i am & have gone thru & survived… NOW I NO LONGER WONDER ~ For if God would create a Bamboo Tree this way of Root building for a Firm foundation & the Amazing Fastest growing to maturity & its Purpose… THEN HOW MUCH MORE WOULD HE BE BUILDING MY FOUNDATION FOR THE PURPOSE HE HAS FOR ME TO GLORIFY HIM … I NOW FOCUS ON THE BLESSINGS I DO HAVE EVEN THOUGH MANY NOT IN COMPLETION FOR THRU MY FAITH I REST IN PEACE THAT MY LORD JESUS IS AT WORK WITHIN ME & DEVELOPING ME FOR HIS PURPOSE- NOT FOR THE PROOF OR SHOW TO OTHERS OR VALIDATION FOR MYSELF… God’s Day will come when He calls for me & i will be Ready with a Firm Foundation ! BLESSINGS to ALL who read the Bamboo Story   :) Sher

  • Gavin

    Great story! Very enlightening!

  • sgnjenga

    This is a very good story. Never compare self to others and always give Glory to God!!

  • Glenn

    This is a timeless story of God’s love for us and that He has given us what we need to succeed. I will be using this story as part of my graduation address to Catholic 8th graders tomorrow.

  • MjQuimson

    I feel down and almost giving up but then, I accidentally open this story and its inspired me a lot. God have his own way on comforting me. :)))) I’m super Bless.

    • Hey.. don’t give up :) Sometimes we don’t understand why stuff is happening to us right now. It’s painful and there are lots of questions in our head. Keep believing that He can make things beautiful in His time.

      Times like these, it’s a megaphone to get closer to Him, to just be in His presence.. Be strong! :)