Gundam.Info just released the prolog to the long awaited Witch from Mercury! This prolog does a fantastic job of giving us the background of the upcoming story and the motivation of the main characters. The question is raised, however, what’s the point of putting in so much hard work for something you may never see the fruit of? Join us to find out!
The prologue to the brand new Mobile Suit Gundam series, “The Witch From Mercury,” has been released! Our team over at The Gundam Watch already released their thoughts on the episode, so be sure to check that out by clicking the link below.
While watching it, something stuck out to me. In the prolog, we discover that two specific individuals have worked tirelessly to develop a new type of mobile suit. Developing this suit has been challenging due to time constraints and the toll on the pilots’ bodies. However, the two have worked tirelessly for years and pushed themselves physically and mentally. Sadly, some outside look at the situation and don’t like what they see. Whether this is from a moral standpoint or if there’s actually a darker under bed, this is yet to be seen. By the end of the episode, these two individuals don’t get to see the actual fruit of their work.
Interestingly enough, when you sit back and examine the actions and words of these individuals throughout the episode, you realize something. They are perfectly fine with not seeing the fruit of their work. Their motivation was not just for them but for the people of the future. Their hearts and minds were set on making things better for the next generation.
To the Scriptures
Hebrews 11 is often called “The Hall of Faith” or “Heroes of the Faith.” It is filled with descriptions of various individuals of the faith who did extraordinary things for God. It does a fantastic job of summarizing the history of the Jewish race while highlighting what made these individuals stand out. Amid the chapter, we see this verse:
These all died in faith, not having received the things promised, but having seen them and greeted them from afar, and having acknowledged that they were strangers and exiles on the earth.Hebrews 11:13 (English Standard Version | ESV)
From this verse, we get the idea that, while these individuals did not necessarily see “the big” thing they were working for, they were ok with that. But, again, this is because they understood that a bigger picture was at stake. They understood that while they were doing things for themselves, they were also preparing a future for the next generation. They and the people in the show understood that they had a responsibility in the now to make things ready for the generation tomorrow.
This is a concept that can be challenging at times. There have been times when I’ve questioned why I do what I do. I’ve wondered about the point of putting in the hard work to accomplish certain things. But then, every so often, I’ll get a message from a former student telling me how I’ve affected their lives. I’ll see someone that’ve had the opportunity to pour into walk-in things I know I taught them. When I see these things, I’m encouraged.
Yes, the day to day life can be discouraging. Looking at things so closely, you ponder the reason. You ask why things aren’t working at the moment. You question your own aptitude for doing things. But we need to have the mindset of these two ladies from the Witch From Mercury and those found in Hebrews 11. It’s not about today; instead, it’s about the big picture for tomorrow.
Our challenge for you is to take a moment and examine your life. Do your best to look past the negative things, and find the small things to celebrate. Find the fruit of today that began as a seed yesterday. At the same time, find the things you’re walking in today and reach out to those who laid those seeds in your life. Thank them for their sacrifice and for taking the time to invest in you.