Are you going through a “dry spell” in your business or your life now?

If nothing good seems to be happening, do you give up on your goal or yourself?

If you’ve heard of the story of the Chinese bamboo tree, you’d know that it requires the usual nurturing − water, sunshine and fertile soil – to grow.

At the end of the first year, there won’t be any visible signs of activity. There won’t be any visible signs in the second to fourth year as well.

But, lo and behold, in the fifth year, a miracle happens. When growth begins, the Chinese bamboo tree shoots to 80 feet in just six weeks.

Here’s a good video demonstrating the concept.

What’s the lesson here?

While there were no outward signs of growth or development, the bamboo tree was growing and extending its root system beneath. This forms a solid foundation to support the height it will reach at the right time — 90 feet in 6 weeks!

Similarly, we need the time to build up a firm foundation to support us in the future.

All the growth within you is happening even though it may not be visible on the outside. Some people will see the difference but others won’t even notice a thing. The latter may even become very noisy.

Personally, while meditating on Philippians 1:6, I saw that I had to make myself available for God to use me. On my part, I’d have to listen. I believe He will make all things beautiful in His time.


Adeline Heng