Saturday, August 18, 2007

You Are A Bamboo!

Nneka Obi, my telenovela friend is at it again! She sent me this message about not giving up and I find it ministering powerfully to me. I am sure it would would minister to many too. Many times, I was tempted to give up telenovela blogging, but I find God re-directing me back to this genre.

This parable of the bamboo becomes significant because of this 7th Year of this millennium. Having sunk roots these past six years, expect God to do the unimaginable in your life before this blessed year runs to a close in the next 136 days! May it be 136 days of Bamboo-dizzying, explosive testimonies for your life. Happy Novela-tainment. Let's go now:

"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 adifferent 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, 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!


Ewiyoko said...

Thanks for sharing this with me, it really blessed me and got me thinking about God's faithfulness.

beline said...

Thanks for sharing this message, it makes my belief that with God I can handle all the chanllenges around me stronger

Anonymous said...

Sweet Sist, Thanks for sharing this wonderful message its really minster on to me because I was about taking a desperate step concerning something but with this message I have hope. I will also like to send this message to other who knows what a change its likely to make in their life.

Anonymous said...

Keep doin the good work my dear.The lord will always strengthen and bless you.

Anonymous said...

Thanks you're doing a good job blah! blah! blah! I'm getting fed up with this whole good job bit. It's either you're running an active blog or not. What should it be? Sorry, if this comes out harsh but do you know how many times I log on to this site expecting a follow up to what you started and how disappointed I get. Do something please.