A wanna-be gardener planted ferns on one side of his driveway and bamboo on the other. The first year the ferns grew full and lush and plentiful. On the bamboo side of the driveway the ground was bare.
The second year the same thing happened. On the ferns side the yard looked like a professional garden. The bamboo side was bare again.
This went on for seven years. In the eighth year the ferns grew lush and green again. And on the bamboo side the gardener could see a tiny green shoot break the ground. By mid growing season the bamboo had grown 100 feet in the air.
The gardener rushed down to the local nursery. He asked the gardeners there to explain the unusual behavior of the bamboo and why it lay dormant for seven years before sprouting.
The gardener at the store told the wanna-be gardener that for the first seven years the bamboo roots grow downward, establishing a strong root system before it pushes through the ground to flourish.
Editor’s Note: Reading this story compelled me to ask myself, “Do I have fern faith or bamboo faith?”
How about you?