Friday, 25 May 2018
Often there is a lot going on under the surface before fruit appears.
Mushrooms and toadstools seem to pop up overnight. One day there's nothing there and the next there's a little clump of fully-formed mushrooms. But, like with most things, there is a lot going on behind the scenes. Or rather, under the earth in this case. Mushrooms are the fruiting bodies of fungi. They are produced by a network of threads or strands called hyphae that grow beneath the ground. We only see the fruit for a very short season - maybe only a couple of days - but the underground growth is there all year round.
When we want to see fruit, we must be prepared to put in all the unseen work for a short season of glory that may not even be noticed. Any fruit worth working for must be worth it for its own sake, not for what is noticed by others.