~ Dede's Walk With God~

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. The brilliant leaves 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 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

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 the time you have been
struggling, you have actually been growing "Georgia" roots? I would not
quit on the bamboo. I will never quit on you. Don't compare yourself to
others." He said, "The bamboo has 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. Think about that:
He will never give up on you.

Bad days give you experiences;
Good days give you happiness;
Both are essential to life.
Keep going.......
Never regret a day in your life.


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