So much of what we do outside reaps little benefit now - it is for the future.
Isn't that how so much of life should be? We get caught up in the "do it for the moment" mentality, when we should focus on things of a more lasting value.
So many great life lessons in nature. Today the older boys are planting trees and learning that we must invest hard work now with the hope that it will pay off in the future.
There are no guarantees in most of life. Last year we planted trees and lost two in a late frost. The year before that we planted trees and lost 2. Life is hard. Sometimes disappointing. But we persevere.
Someday this little orchard will bless our family with fruit. At least that hope drives our actions now.
How is it that we can toil away at something that we "hope" will be, when we have no assurance? Well, there is value in the work - even if the trees die and don't produce fruit. More importantly, our real hope is not in the things of this world - our assurance is in Jesus Christ, who died so that we might partake of the tree of life. All things of this life will pass away . . . but the tree of life is for eternity. We'll persevere in this world's uncertainty, knowing that in Christ we are guaranteed to eat of His harvest.
"To him who overcomes, I will grant to eat of the tree of life, which is in the Paradise of God." Revelations 2:7b