Moment of truth!
I have been quite restless these past few days. A lot of my time has been spent working and less time spent 1. remembering my own name 2. doing the things I enjoy. As a result, I have been quite curt with individuals that I feel come around to waste the precious little time I have.
I tried jumping back into the dating scene but I am so underwhelmed by the dating rules and games that I quickly retreated back into the solitude and promising busy-ness of my job. But regardless of this ‘protection’ I granted myself, the impatience, disillusionment and restlessness persisted.
Over the weekend, I was on the phone with one of my close friend’s sister. I must say she is one of the sweetest women I have ever met and her story is really a testimony of patience, God’s love and His awesome timing. I hope one day, she’ll let me feature her on here and she can share her story. While on the call, she narrated the analogy of the bamboo tree. While she chatted away, oblivious to the effect her words were having on me, something within me changed. I exhaled and curiosity welled up inside of me.
I was so taken by this analogy she had given me that I promised her that I would write something about it. So I googled it and found the quote by Zig Ziglar. It goes thus:
“The seed of a bamboo tree is planted, fertilized and watered. 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. For eight years it can continue. Eight years! Then – after the eight years of fertilizing and watering have passed, with nothing to show for it – the bamboo tree suddently sprouts and grows thirty feet in three months!”
Amazing, isn’t it?! How wondrous our God is. We are so preoccupied with ‘life’ that often times we request miracles from God when miraculous phenomenon and reminders are all around us. They are, inarguably, testimonies of His continuous power and sovereignty.
Girls, like me, try as hard as you can to be patient with your growth. Be patient with God. Let go of anxiety and the restlessness that tags along with it. Be a bamboo. You are a bamboo.