And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose… in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us.
Romans 8:28 & 8:37
Sometimes, there are circumstances in our lives that have been extended over months and years. We have come to our wit’s end and we feel like giving up. However, if we take a look at an example in God’s creation we just might find some encouragement.
God created both the fern and the bamboo plant. The bamboo has a different purpose than the fern, yet they are both beautiful in their own way. The fern is a rapid sprouter poking its way out of the soil quickly spreading out across the terrain.
Some bamboo varieties on the other hand are “slowpokes” and sometimes don’t sprout for up to five years. During this time the bamboo is growing, we just can’t see the growth with our naked eye. The appearance of inactivity, during those five years, is misleading. In actuality massive root growth is taking place underground. This root system makes the bamboo plant strong and provides the plant with all that it needs to remain strong. The roots of the bamboo can grow as much as twenty (20) feet in a season. These roots become so strong that they can penetrate wood structures, asphalt, and sometimes even concrete.
So, when you are struggling and feel like giving up remember the root system of the bamboo plant. During these difficult times, you are actually growing deeper roots of faith that can make you stronger and draw you closer to the Lord. God didn’t give us these struggles, but we can choose to use them as an opportunity to go deeper in our relationship with Him during these times. We can focus on the Lord and the roots that are growing deep within the soil of our lives.
Those roots are spreading out, growing deep, and forming a network of strength for us. So the next time some circumstance that seems impenetrable (like there is no way out) overwhelms us, we need to think about the roots of the bamboo—they are so strong that they can push through concrete. Those roots that God is growing will penetrate any circumstance that blocks your way! He will supply all the nutrients that you need to overcome.
If you are struggling and feel like giving up please call, drop-in, or e-mail the Healing Ministry and a trained prayer minister will pray with you.