[20a top] Gemarah: There is a specific Mitzvah to sanctify the new month based on witnesses’ visualization of the moon. The witnesses may even break Shabbos laws to come travel in order to testify on that day [even if we know logically that the day is in fact the new month without their testimony].
R’ Rosner: We learn from here that the PROCESS is what is key and not just the result.
E’s Lesson: Judaism is not a “quick-fix” or “instant-gratification” religion. Hashem rewards us based on the effort we put in [even when we do not even accomplish the desired Mitzvah!]. If we have arduous uphill battles to fight, know that G-d is testing us to see how far we will struggle and climb before He carries us the rest of the way.