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"Life is lived forward, but understood backward. It is not until we are down the road and we stand on the mountain looking back through the valley that we can appreciate the terrain God has allowed us to scale.” Jill Savage

Sunday, April 05, 2009


Happy 8th birthday to my grandson - here he is - growing up right before my eyes - turning out to be a fine a young man . . .

"You know, we are like 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.

"In year three there was still nothing from the bamboo seed. But I would not quit. The same in year four.

"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 survive. I would not give any of my creations a challenge it could not handle.

"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, realizing that God will never give up on me. And He 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."

-- Author Unknown

Dear Grandson of mine, this kind of says it all - you're growing into a fine young man - never ever give up. I love you.

Grandma Chatty


^..^Corgidogmama said...

Happy Birthday Andy...I have a friend who has a son named Andy..I called called him 'Roo.
Another good post today. By all means, take the girls roadtrip pic from the blog...I found it online somewhere.

ClassyChassy said...

Wonderful post today - love the words of wisdom! Carry On!

Anonymous said...

Good Morning, Chatty,
That is the first I'd heard the story of the Bamboo and fern...excellent! I love your final quote as well, Chatty. Really a great one and SO applicable.
Thank you again for being the wind beneath my wings.....