After a whole year of waiting, a tiny sprout started to emerge from the ground. Sami never gave up on his tree. He continued to water the sprout and look after it with love and care, patience and hope. The second year passed, and nothing happened. It looked as if his bamboo tree just stopped growing. He looked closer, added fertilizers, removed bad grass and weeds, and as before waited and waited. Year three, year four... Still all he got was a little bulb with a tiny shoot. 'Where is my tree?' Sami started wandering, he’s not young anymore. Will he ever live to see his dream come true? He got discouraged and disappointed upon looking at the lovely trees and branches growing all around him. He experienced the burning flame of anger and frustration. 'I don't want this stupid tiny bulb', he shouted almost throwing away his life dream. 'Not yet', he finally reasoned, 'I'll wait'. At the beginning of the fifth year, the bulb started to grow. It wasn’t an ordinary growth. It grew at an amazingly fast rate. In only six weeks, the tiny bulb developed into a gigantic 2 meters bamboo tree, the highest tree in the neighbourhood and the most precious of all!!!
Life is like this bamboo tree, for you to grow and flourish you need to establish your roots first. You need to establish a rock solid and stable foundation. It takes time and patience.
Our Prophet PBUH and his companions spent 13 years in Makkah, suffering discrimination, famine and torture. During this time the Devine orders for Muslims were not to fight back, to wait with patience and perseverance while the Prophet is teaching them their religion. He was establishing the roots, teaching them the true meaning of Islam, the meaning of being a Muslim, a true believer that applies the Devine law on earth while surrendering to the Divine will and tolerating any torments for His cause. They were promised that this religion will one day spread and roam, but they didn’t know if they will live to see that. They only have to do their part not waiting for a material reward. The real reward will be in the hereafter, in Paradise.
You do not even need to see results. Just do your part and believe deep in your heart that you will get your reward. Your efferts will never be wasted. Sometimes you cannot see the hidden wisdom behind the delay of your request. When you learnt your lesson, the next one will appear just on time. Just dig for the roots.