The growing of bamboo…

I got an encouraging email today…and related it both to raising children and growing a business….both of which I hold close to my heart.  My faith tells me that we are not to lose heart in doing good, for in due time we shall reap if we do not grow weary.

Being granted the gift of motherhood has been a blessing for the last 14 years…being a mother has been an exercise in stretching and growing.  This experience has been a soul-stirring, delightful, difficult, uplifting, exhausting, time-consuming, enchanting, daunting task and a mind-blowing blessing.

As of late, I have experienced weariness to the bone, days have been long and mundane.  Winter has taken it’s toll.  There are times where I feel like I’m spinning my wheels and going nowhere…fast.  I don’t see results and I think that I am stuck in a time warp FOREVER.  I question whether what I’m doing is making a difference, whether I’m on the right path, whether there will EVER been a change.  Then, like a answered prayer, I recieved a story of growing bamboo.  The story goes like this…

When the Chinese plant bamboo, first they plant the seeds, then water, and fertilize them. The first year, nothing happens. The second year they continue to water and fertilize the seeds, and still nothing happens. The farmer continues this process for a third and fourth year with no visual results. Then sometime during the fifth year, in a period of approximately six weeks, the Chinese bamboo grows ninety feet.

The question is, did it grow ninety feet in six weeks or did it grow ninety feet in five years? The obvious answer is that it grew ninety feet in five years. If the grower hadn’t applied water and fertilizer every year, there would be no bamboo.

It is the time to plant seeds, be persistent and consistent and carefully tend the garden.  I must be patient, I must not grow weary.  I must perservere.

Thank you all for supporting and growing my small business – and allowing me to tend to my {family} garden.

Happy and Blessed Mother’s Day to you all!

*Thanks Sharon for the uplifting and encouraing words.


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One response to “The growing of bamboo…

  1. Kristin Hughes

    So true! We often think too fast. Life is more like a crock pot than a microwave!

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