The story of the Chinese Bamboo Tree is so beautiful and a poignant metaphor for life, as well as the capacity for human development. When the tree is initially planted, it is given water, sunshine, and fertile soil, but we don't see any signs of activity. Still, no visible growth in the second. The third year arrives, bringing no noticeable action. And the same with the forth. Suddenly in the fifth year, there is incredible growth! In only six weeks, the tree shoots up about 80 feet. It's truly amazing! But wait, did it really only take six weeks for it to finally grow?
Before that fifth year, the tree wasn't really dormant. That is apparent to us. The growth was subtle and beneath the surface. A strong, sustainable foundation was forming. Wow... Us humans are a bit like that too. We strive to attain our goals and dreams. We work hard. We pray hard. And sometimes, we don't witness clear results. Are our efforts futile, or are we actually building something much greater and more powerful than we could've ever imagined? Could it be that we're laying down tracks that will take us much farther in life? Are we digging deeper into our character, creating an amazing base and platform within for what's to come?
Oh, it takes so much patience and perseverance - especially when our progress is seemingly minimal or nil. We often feel frustrated. How much longer will it take? Can we continue to stay focused?
Yes, we can. And we are! When we become discouraged (which is so normal), we dig deep again, weed out our doubts, and keep nurturing our faith.
"I affirm today that: I am a beautiful seed who has been planted with care. I thrive and blossom more each day. I continue to love and nurture myself as I reach deeper levels of growth. My breakthrough is imminent."