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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Trees (12/05/05)

TITLE: A Tree Planted
By Geary Smith
12/05/05


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I can remember a story that was from my youth.
It was about a young boy that had planted a bamboo seed.
However, there was one big problem the he didnít realize.
And, that was that the Chinese bamboo seed is so hard,
That it takes months before the outer shell to crack and began to grow.
However, the young boy waited and waited,
continuing to water and nurture the tree.
His friends and other people were all teasing and telling him that he was crazy and a fool for wasting so much time on the tree.
However, one day the tree did emerge out of the darkness of the dirt,
To grow tall and straight.
And, so many times, I think about that story and my life.
That sometimes, God wants us to be patient and determined,
To wait on his blessing.


ďAnd he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither and whotsoever he doeth shall prosper.Ē Psalm 3:1(KJV)


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Steve Clark12/12/05
I enjoyed the idea of persistence and patience her, but it was hard to stay with the essence of the story due to a few errors. Too bad, would have liked to see its flow be less hindered.
Steve Clark12/12/05
And, as we can all see, we all make mistakes, just like I did in the message above. I'd love to help you with the speck in your eye, but the boulder in mine prevents me from seeing clearly.
Deborah Bauers12/12/05
You make the point that the bamboo seed is so hard that it has to crack before it can begin to grow;that this takes much time. This truth seems to be central to this piece, but it needs further development. This is a wonderful idea for a devotional. I'd like to see you work with it.
Jan Ackerson 12/14/05
This would flow more easily in conventional paragraph format. And in reality, bamboo is a grass. Nevertheless, your lesson is beautiful!
Marilyn Schnepp 12/16/05
This category is Advanced; so therefore I assume that the little errors are just...perhaps like a bad hair day - typo's that popped up unexpectedly. (smile) However, it had a good lesson about patience. Thank you for sharing.
Val Clark12/18/05
Patience and determination. Sigh. A good example from nature.