Tuesday, October 6, 2009

The Fern and the Bamboo

I had received this from one of my listserves. It made me think of the difficult times I sometimes face with Sam, doing and trying to stay focused on his NACD program, watching other children his age pass him up in their skills and abilities, struggling to understand where this journey will lead me. Please read this and know that this journey we are on is important, working with your child and everything you do with them is building their root structure and in times of trouble you are not alone. We are all in this together and God is not giving up on any one of us. After a trying couple of weeks with illness, Sam and I are ready to begin building on that root structure again...Enjoy!!!!

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 seed. But I would not quit. In the fourth year, 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 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 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 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 You keeps You Going!

"Don't undermine your worth by comparing yourself with others. It is because we are different that each of us is special."


  1. Funny that I was on your blog the same time you were on mine!

    When Hannah was little we started a Moms group for ages 0-3, called Roots and Shoots (stolen from Jane Goodall' kids' environmental group). The name fits perfectly, and is reminiscent of your Fern and Bamboo story.

  2. beautiful post. thanks for sharing.

    suzanne at www.specialneedsmom.com