“Just because you cannot see the good result of your labor does not mean that it bore no fruit.”
– Randy Reynolds
Do you feel like all your best efforts had gone to waste?
Do you have a project? You put all your heart, your time, sweat and blood and yet you don’t see any advancements whatsoever ?
Are you aspiring to be the best in what you do, yet nobody knows you.
Do you feel like you’re just one pebble in an endless shore?
Do you feel empty and exhausted upon giving your all and it seems every effort is going nowhere?
My friend, let me share with you a story.
The Other Side of the Wall*
There was a young woman who took great pride in the growth and care of the flowers in her flower garden. She had been raised by her grandmother who taught her to love and care for flowers as she herself had done. So, like her grandmother, her flower garden was second to none.
One day while looking through a flower catalog she often ordered from, a picture of a plant immediately caught her eye. She had never seen blooms on a flower like that before. “I have to have it,” she said to herself, and she immediately ordered it.
When it arrived, she already had a place prepared to plant it. She planted it at the base of a stone wall at the back of her yard. It grew vigorously, with beautiful green leaves all over it, but there were no blooms. Day after day she continued to cultivate it, water it, feed it, and she even talked to it attempting to coax it to bloom. But, it was to no avail.
One morning weeks later, as she stood before the vine, she contemplated how disappointed she was that her plant had not bloomed. She was giving considerable thought to cutting it down and planting something else in its place.
It was at this point that her invalid neighbor, whose lot joined hers, called over to her. “Thank you so much! You can’t imagine how much I have enjoyed the blooms of that vine you planted.” The young woman walked through the gate into her neighbor’s yard, and sure enough, she saw that on the other side of the wall the vine was filled with blooms.
There were indeed the most beautiful blooms she had ever seen. The vine had crept through the crevices and it had not flowered on her side of the fence, it had flowered luxuriantly on the other side.
Just because you cannot see the good result of your labor does not mean that it bore no fruit.
I hope this story touched you as it touched me. Yes it is so wonderful to decide to become the person you ought to be. It’s exciting and makes you dynamic. We then start to do something to be that person. You learn, you practice, you exercise, you create. Like in the story, you water the plant, you take care of it, you invest time on it. But somewhere down the line, disappointment comes when nothing seems to happen. And the thing that made you feel dynamic becomes the very reason of your heartaches.
But remember, even though it seems disappointing to you, somebody thinks otherwise. Because, He who began this good work in you, will carry it on until it is finished… (Philippians 1:6)
Continue digging, continue planting, continue watering, and you will see the best fruits of your labor at the perfect time, in the most profound way. You may not notice it, you may not feel it, but others are already delighted in what you’re doing.
It was the words of the prophet Isaiah that says: Just as from the heavens the rain and snow come down and do not return there till they have watered the earth, making it fertile and fruitful, giving seed to the one who sows and bread to the one who eats, so shall my word be that goes forth from my mouth; my word shall not return to me void, but shall do my will, achieving the end for which I sent it.
Right now, you are still in the process of becoming who you’re ought to be. But behold, Thy will be done.
To the one reading this, I pray that in everything you do, may it take you to your desired destination. You may not see it, but God is always, always at work in the hearts of those who are open to his Word.
Keep on keeping on. And before you know it, the flowers of your labor are already blooming.
Planting with you,
Mark Lester Fernando
*Story from Randy Reynolds' The Other Side of the Wall