When Greg goes to meet his girlfriend's parents in 'Meet the Parents' he takes a gift - a pot full of dirt. When the parents open the present they are disappointed.... as you would be!
However, Greg tells them that the dirt contains one of the rarest seeds in the world and it will grow into a beautiful flower. I can't remember what it is, I don't know whether it grew, but the potential was there if only they were prepared to wait, care for and nurture that potential for future beauty.
When you plant a seed you can't see the roots growing under the surface, but you trust they are growing. You water the seed with the hope that they are growing but you don't know for sure if they are until the shoot begins to poke its way through.
As you wait the roots take their own path to reach the best nourishment and the best source of life so that the seed can bloom.
It's in those roots that the potential for growth begins to be realised.
It's in those roots that a future becomes a possibility.
If you don't want to wait for the roots to establish you could stick in some cut flowers to make it look like its something, but without roots it will wilt and fade.
Nothing beautiful and lasting will grow if roots are not given time and peace to establish.
We can measure seasons and dream about when it might happen, but we don't know exactly when it will.
We can look for the signs.
Watch and wait.
Live wisely, plant deeply.
Wait on God.
"There is a time for everything, there's a time for everything that is done on earth". Ecclesiastes 3:1