Did you know that bamboo can grow 90 feet in 6 weeks? Such a feat boggles the mind. How is it possible that so much growth can happen so quickly?
The truth is, it can’t. Bamboo spends five years growing roots before it has its 6-week growth spurt. Can you imagine how discouraging it would be if you or I were that bamboo plant in its third or fourth year? Growing deep but with nothing to show above the surface?
Unfortunately, sometimes life can feel like that bamboo: incremental, with little to show for the hard work that’s been accomplished. The time it takes to reach a goal, foster a relationship, cultivate a new skill, or formulate a habit can often take much longer than we hope or expect. Sustaining it while seeing little progress can be highly discouraging.
But we are doing something: We are laying the groundwork for future growth.
Our Christian walk is much the same. Our friendship with Jesus often doesn’t reach the rich fullness of a seasoned relationship until we’ve had to cling to Him through challenges, rooted ourselves in His Word, or gotten into the habit of seeking His guidance and praying often.
But over time, those small habits form strong, deep roots. Then, when storms come, though we still feel the wind, we will not be overtaken. Rooted in His firm foundation, we can stand firm. And eventually, we’ll reap a harvest if we don’t give up.
What steps could you take to deepen your roots today?