The best time to plant a tree is twenty years ago. The second-best time is now. (Chinese proverb)

We always seem to be in a hurry, and we want what we want right now. It’s a hard lesson to learn, but eventually we come to understand that little of value happens overnight. We have to live and work for the future with patience. Writer Nelson Henderson put it this way, “The true meaning of life is to plant trees, under whose shade you do not expect to sit.”

Consider the farmers who patiently wait for the rains in the fall and in the spring. They eagerly look for the valuable harvest to ripen. (James 5:7)