I'm not sure if you've ever heard the story of bamboo before, but even if you're not a plant fan, it's one of those stories that you never forget.
Bamboo includes some of the fastest-growing plants in the world. Contrary to popular belief, bamboo is in the grass family, not the tree family.
Bamboo requires water, fertile soil, and sunlight, like most plants, and takes about three years to get established. Once established though, bamboo produces new canes that shoot out of the ground and grow in amazing heights within a sixty-day period.
Certain species of bamboo can miraculously grow an average of thirty-six inches within 24-hours and over eighty feet in just six weeks.
How amazing is that?!?
But here's the catch ... for bamboo to get to the sixty-day period of fast growth, it requires years of nurturing and cultivating — even with no visible sign that all of the "TLC" (tender love and care) is working.
The story of bamboo makes me think about how God works in us. He gave us His seed, the Word of God, and wants us to water it by reading it, meditating on it, and applying it to our lives.
Like bamboo, there are times when we don't see visible signs of growth in our lives, but that doesn't mean things aren't happening. Sometimes we get distracted by what we don't see and fail to notice where God is already at work in our lives.
I know it's summer, but God doesn't take vacations — He's always at work.
Has anyone ever told you about a brand you've never heard of before, and then suddenly you start to see it everywhere? The brand was always there, you just weren't paying attention to it.
God works in the same way. The more you water His seed and become aware of His nature, the more you'll begin to see Him at work in the things around you.
"So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen,
since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal."
- 2 Corinthians 4:18
A mentor once told me, "There's a season to plant and a season to harvest, but you can't plant your seed and reap the harvest in the same season." She's right.
This may be difficult to comprehend because we live in a microwave society, but lasting change in any area of life is never quick. It takes time and a lot of pressure to turn a diamond into a beautiful piece of jewelry.
And you, my friend, are a diamond being molded into a beautiful piece of jewelry.
In the words of Eric Thomas, "You can't shine like a diamond if you aren't willing to be cut like one." Learn to embrace the process.
Waiting can be stressful at times, but don't get so caught up in the future that you forget to be present and focus on what God is already doing in your life. He is a miracle-working God, and at any moment, you can begin your harvest season.
Nurture and water the seed that God has given you. Live your life, stay consistent, and the harvest will come.
"Wait patiently for the Lord. Be brave and courageous.
Yes, wait patiently for the Lord." - Psalm 27:14
Where is God already at work in your life? As always, I'd love to hear from you. Head on over to the discussions page with your thoughts, stories, and questions.
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You were born to do great things.