I read a story this week about a Chinese Bamboo tree. During the first four years, they water and fertilize the tree with little to no results. During the fifth year, they continue the water and fertilize, and when the tree breaks through the ground, it will grow ninety feet in just five weeks. So the question is, did the tree grow ninety feet in five weeks or five years? Of course, the answer is five years. If they had stopped watering and fertilizing the tree at any time during the five years, despite minimal results in the beginning, then it would not have matured into the tree it is.
So many times we stop watering and fertilizing those things in life that have the potential to grow into ninety-foot trees, missing out on the rewards we could have seen if we had just been persistent. “Seest thou a man diligent in his business? He shall stand before kings;” (Proverbs 22:29)
By perseverance, the snail reached the ark. May we be like the snail when it comes to our ambitions and dreams. Everything won’t come to pass in one short day, but if we continue to water, fertilize, and be as persistent as the snail headed to the ark, then one day we can see our dreams come true.
“And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not.” (Galatians 6:9)