Excerpt from Me Ra Koh the photo mom
“Zig Ziglar tells the story of the Chinese Bamboo tree. When this particular seed is planted, watered and nurtured, for years it doesn’t outwardly grow as much as an inch. Nothing happens for the first year. There’s no sign of growth. Not even a hint. The same thing happens – or doesn’t happen – the second year. And then the third year. The tree is carefully watered and fertilized each year, but nothing shows. No growth. No anything. So it goes as the sun rises and sets for four solid years. The farmer and his wife have nothing tangible to show for this labor or effort. Then, along comes year five. After five years of fertilizing and watering have passed, with nothing to show for it – the bamboo tree suddenly sprouts and grows eighty feet in just SIX WEEKS!
Did the little tree lie dormant for four years only to grow exponentially in the fifth? Or, was the little tree growing underground, developing a root system strong enough to support its potential for outward growth in the fifth year and beyond? The answer is, of course, obvious. Had the tree not developed a strong unseen foundation it could not have sustained its life as it grew.”
Your dreams, no matter how big, are not in vain. Just because you don’t see signs of progress now, do not grow weary in continuing to build, to give it everything you have heart and soul.…choose to believe that growth is happening underground. A root system is being formed within your life, the kind of roots will outlast storms because of the hard work and commitment it’s taken to stand in faith for something it cannot easily prove or qualify.
And now my thoughts….
Joel Osteen’s message was an unexpected motivation this morning. I am feeling god drawing close to me again. He always finds his way back to my consciousness at the most unexpected time. I couldn’t believe how spot on Joel’s words were for the season I am in, not just a generic positive message but specifically about my husband & my issues on every front. I was walking my dog one minute and the next thing I know I am sitting in my car with tears streaming down my face feeling a faith in what I am doing, where we are going, what will drop away, and the possibilities of our ultimate goals.
It doesn’t matter the whole message, as it is over 20 minutes long and applied to so many things I couldn’t cover all in 1 post. But the wonderful re-enforcement in the story above is pretty amazing all by itself so I will just leave it at that.
I have taken an excerpt of the bamboo tree from the web as I found it to be more thorough in it’s message. But the meaning follows suit with sewing seeds and I am really liking the theme Joel and honestly God has brought front and center to my heart. It’s the faith, patience and perseverance that so inspires me today.