Posted in Encouragement

Are You Feeling Defeated?

One of my spiritual mothers, Sister Copeland, sent a devotion to me from The Peace of Heaven on Wednesday, July 13, 2022, from Colossians 2:7. It speaks of letting our roots grow down into God and to let our lives be built on Him. The devotion ties in with the story shared by our employer’s chaplain on the same day during weekly mid-day reflection.

A man was frustrated with life, and despite all his hard work and effort, failure was the only thing he had learned. Feeling defeated with life he left everything and exiled himself in the woods. There he met a Hermit and shared his failure with him. The man said, “Give me one good reason not to quit?”

The Hermit studied the man for a moment and said, “Look”, pointing towards two plants. “Do you see that fern and bamboo there?

“Yes”, the man nodded.

“When I planted the fern and the bamboo seeds, I took very good care of them. I gave them water, light and fertilizer. Within a short period of time the fern quickly grew from the earth.”

“But despite the Bamboo seed being watered and nurtured for years, it did not outwardly grow as much as an inch. In fact, nothing at all happened in the first year. There was no sign of growth.  But I did not give up on the Bamboo seed and continued to water and nurture it.  By the fifth year, a tiny sprout emerged from the earth. And within six months, the tree grew a hundred feet tall.”

“So, did the bamboo tree lie dormant for four years only to grow exponentially in the fifth?” said the Hermit? Baffled by the question the man kept quiet. “The answer is quite obvious. The little tree was growing underground, developing a root system strong enough to support its potential for outward growth in the fifth year and beyond. Had the tree not developed a strong foundation, it would not have sustained its life as it grew.”

“Did you know that all the time you had been struggling, you were growing strong roots,” said the Hermit?”

The man learned his lesson that day. He learnt the value of persistence and hard work. The fern and the bamboo stood right in front of him as he walked towards his life to continue to work on his dreams. Are we fulfilling our dreams in the Lord?

In conclusion, the prayer included in Sister Copeland’s devotion reads “Dear Lord, please deepen my faith walk with you. Show me your ways so that I may always follow in your footsteps. You are my Coach and I look to you for daily guidance. Thank you for all you do for me.”


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