THEN… ROOT AND BRANCH SHALL CHANGE PLACE,
AND THE NEWNESS OF THE THING SHALL SEEM A MIRACLE.
AT LAST THE HEALING MAIDEN WILL RETURN, HER FOOTSTEPS BURSTING WITH FLAME.
SHE WILL WEEP TEARS OF COMPASSION FOR THE PEOPLE OF THE LAND,
DRY UP POLLUTED RIVERS WITH HER BREATH,
CARRY THE FOREST IN HER RIGHT HAND, THE CITY IN HER LEFT.
AND NOURISH THE CREATURES OF THE DEEP.
WITH HER BLESSING MAN WILL BECOME LIKE A GOD
WAKING AS IF FROM A DREAM;
HEART OPEN AND FILLED WITH LIGHT,
RADIANT FACE, GLOWING LIKE THE RISING SUN,
SHINING EYES, LIKE TWIN SILVER MOONS,
RADIANT EARS, SHIMMERING WITH SONG.
SHINING LIPS, THAT DANCE OVER WORDS,
WORDS OF MAGIC THAT BURST INTO THE AIR, BECOMING SWALLOWS.
THE SOUL SHALL WALK OUT; THE MIND OF FIRE SHALL BURN.
AND IN THE TWINKLING OF AN EYE THE DUST OF THE ANCIENTS SHALL BE RESTORED.
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”, GOD 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.” GOD 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 see. I would not quit.” GOD 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.” GOD said to me.
“Did you know, 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.” GOD 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?” GOD asked in return.
“As high as it can?” I questioned
“Yes.” GOD said, “Give me glory by rising as high as you can.”
I left the forest and bring back this story. I hope these words can help you see that GOD will never give up on you.
GOD will never give up on you
“Life is not a problem to be solved, but a gift to be enjoyed”
in anything at all, perfection is finally attained not when there is no longer anything to add, but when there is no longer anything to take away.
antoine de saint exupery