Did you know the bamboo plant takes about five years to mature?
The plant shows little to no “above ground” activity during the first 2-4 years. Meanwhile, an extensive root system is developing underground. On the surface, the plant is not very productive. After years of seeming insignificant growth, the bamboo plant reaps the benefit of its hidden activity, becoming the fastest growing plant on Earth. Nourished by years of unseen activity, at about year five, the bamboo plant sends stalks rocketing skyward at an unbelievable three feet per day.
When serving God, we are seldom allowed to see the true impact, this is by design. If we were serving Him to see the impact of our actions, we would be puffed up focusing on our accomplishments instead of the One whom we are serving. There would be no faith involved. Like the bamboo plant, most of our growth and accomplishments go unseen. Only the Lord fully understands the impact of our obedience of the generations later. We can be confident that the results of serving God faithfully are grand indeed, even if we seldom witness skyrocketing growth as a result of our obedience.
(Source: Inspired Evidence – Julie Von Vett & Bruce Malone)