2013-06-03 - What Would a Gardener Say?
Then he told this parable: "A man had a fig tree growing in his vineyard, and he went to look for fruit on it, but did not find any." (Luke 13:6)
Every day, my boss checked to see if his fig tree had any fruit. It was the same each time, none. The man was always hopeful that today would be the day he would enjoy plump figs from the tree; then disappointment swept in when no fruit was found, just round leaves.
He would continue this procedure every day, for three years. Finally he had enough and ordered the tree cut down. The tree was pretty, and signified hope of bounty, but that hope reached its limit. Besides, it was wasting space in the vineyard.
I had another idea. I suggested giving the tree another year. I believed it could be productive and bountiful, and would give the tree extra care and attention. If the tree was still barren after a year, then it would be cut down. My boss agreed.
Maybe the tree needed extra attention, in order to be productive, like people do. Perhaps like people, the tree was feeling neglected. We would see what happened.
Lord, I admit I do not understand this season of waiting. Is it to sharpen my faith? Forgive me when I take my eyes off of You. When the doubt and complaining enter my mind, I will not let them take hold of my feelings. In Jesus' name, I pray, Amen.
Would you have given the tree a second chance?