I like the implication of this story. It feels to me that the message is one of faith and belief that wherever we’re going what we need when we get there will be there.
When asked if he was ever discouraged by the little fruit his efforts seemed to yield, the master told this story.
Very slowly, a snail started to climb a cherry tree one cold, windy day in late spring. The sparrows in a neighboring tree had a good laugh at his expense.
Then one flew over and said, “Hey, stupid, don’t you think there are no cherries on this tree?”
The little fellow did not stop as he replied, “Well, there will be when I get there.”
Excerpt from Experiencing Spirituality: Finding Meaning Through Storytelling by Ernest Kurtz