“Cast thy bread upon the waters: for thou shalt find it after many days.” Ecclesiastes 11:1 (KJV)
I love this verse in the King James Version. I’ve always thought of this verse in terms of just throwing lines out there and hoping something happens. We can’t always see the results of our labors, and sometimes it takes “many days” – and then some – for us to hear when our work does bear fruit. But we keep on trying – we keep on spreading the good news, doing the good works, praying for “lost causes” and working for justice. And I thoroughly believe that God is aware of all our efforts – even the ones that don’t bear fruit – and is pleased with our attempts.