God does not forsake any one
(This is a very famous story available in various places on line. One of them is written in 2013 http://www.frtommylane.com/stories/God/heart/fern_bamboo.htm and even there the one who wrote has mentioned that he does not know who is the author. But I read it in face book as a post in Tamil by one of my friends and wrote this. I thank the original author of this great story. )
One day I decided to forsake this my world,
My work, My relations and my belief in God,
I decided that I would live deep in the forest,
All alone like sages who has left the world.
After entering the forest I wanted to talk to God,
And ask him some questions and clear all my doubts,
I called him and he came immediately before me ,
And I asked him , “Why I should not leave this world?”
God said , Just see all the plants that grow in this forest,
Most of them are thorny bushes and ofcourse some Bamboos
Which have grown taller and firmer than all plants near it,
I was the one who put the seeds of bushes as well as bamboos.
Ever since I put the seeds I have been observing them closely,
I also supplied each plant all their needs including water , food and light.
The seeds of bushes germinated very fast and they spread all over the forest ,
As if a very pretty green carpet is spread all over the forest.
But nothing happened to the bamboo seed but I kept on caring for it,
One year passed but still there was no progress in its growth.
But the bushes rose up and stuck deep roots and grew further,
But I did not stop caring for the Bamboo seed that did not grow.
Three years got over and soon five years were also got over,
But nothing happened to the bamboo seeds but I did not forget about it,
And the fifth year came and the bamboo seed produced two green leaves,
And the small looking bamboo plant had broken the strong soil and had come up.
But compared to bushes it was simply insignificant and a pygmy so to say ,
But within another six months the bamboos grew much taller than the bushes,
And I understood that though bamboo seed did not germinate and come out ,
In these five years, it had produces a very strong root system which has spread every where.
Only after it was confident that its root system was strong and can support ,
A very tall bush like structure the seed had germinated and its roots were also strong.
For all my creations I have given sufficient strength to meet all the challenges it will face,
And I was very careful not to give them any challenges and problems that they cannot face,.” Said god
God continued , “Did you know son that whenever you faced problems and were sad,
You were growing roots and getting ready to face much more greater problems than that.
I did not forsake the Bamboo seed , nor have I forsaken you any time in your life.
Never compare yourself with others, you may be a bamboo growing slowly and they only thorny bushes.”
“Both Bamboo and the thorny bushes decorate the forest , but they are very different,
I think the time for you to grow has come” and I asked”how tall can I grow?”
And he replied “as much as the bamboo plants” but I did not leave him there and asked.,
“Hw tall would bamboo grow?” and he said “As much as it is capable.” And I asked “That much?”
God said “Yes , you too can grow up in this life and make progress , as much as you can”
And he disappeared and I started back from the forest , with very great deal of confidence,
And if you and every one who reads the story can understand that God provides us all that we need,
And without bothering about shorter growth at times , we all should grow as much as we are capable.