As this video explains, waiting on a bamboo tree to grow is a real lesson in perseverance.
You water it, fertilize it, clear the weeds away, but after four years all you see is a tiny sprout. How discouraging. It’s enough to make you want to give up and and walk away.
But if you stick with it, you get to witness something truly incredible. In the fifth year the bamboo tree begins to shoot upwards – sometimes by 3 feet a day, reaching a height of up to 90 feet!
As amazing as this is, what’s even more remarkable to me is the process that enabled this rapid growth in the first place: the slow, steady, hidden development of the root system.
You know where I’m going with this.
We live in world that says speed is king. We hate waiting for anything. We want instant results and we want them yesterday.
But much of the real work of growth and progress happens in the ordinary, messy, plodding, and unseen places of life. It’s the character development that’s happening in you as you go through a difficult season. It’s the slow adaptations your body is making as you try to eat better and move more. It’s your savings account inching higher as you make smarter choices with your money. It’s getting better with your time as you learn to clarify your priorities.
When you look at your life you may see only a small sprout. The results aren’t there yet in spite of the blood, sweat, and tears. It can feel hopeless.
But don’t give up.
There is a root system forming within you that is making you stronger and preparing you for what’s next: a season of exponential upward expansion.
“Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.” Galatians 6:9