As the story goes, a man planted a fig tree in his garden and came again and again to see if there was any fruit on it, but he was always disappointed.
Finally, he said to his gardener, ‘I’ve waited three years, and there hasn’t been a single fig! Cut it down. It’s just taking up space in the garden.’
“The gardener answered, ‘Sir, give it one more chance. Leave it another year, and I’ll give it special attention and plenty of fertilizer. If we get figs next year, fine. If not, then you can cut it down.'”
Can you relate to the owner of the fig tree? Is there something or someone in your life that just doesn’t measure up to your expectations?
You’ve waited, watered and wondered if true potential would ever be met. With no signs of progress your disappointment grows with no signs of fruit!
It’s time to cut your losses, abandon ship or get out of Dodge! It’s over! Burn it down!
Maybe you are like the gardener. You can’t deny the facts. The evidence is in and the test result aren’t favorable. But somehow for some reason you see a glimmer of hope.
With just a little more time and a little more love the fledgling fig might just start to bud. You offer a second chance, a foul ball instead of a strike and you offer to take it from here. If all else fails, you too will sharpen your axe.
But then again maybe you can relate most to the fig tree! People have invested in you, cared for you, sacrificed for you, encouraged you, looked the other way, extended mercy, offered grace and somehow loved you anyway.
Seeing where your choices and lack of gumption have gotten you in life, like the fig tree, you decide to grow up!
Or else! Or else, you might be cut off, cut out or worst of all, cut down!
Maybe today is your wake up call. The owner has had enough, the gardener has offered a second chance with limits and now the future, or the lack there of, is in your hands.
The choice is yours to make. Either way, time is running out. It’s time to sprout and FIG-ure it out!
(Inspired by Luke 13:6:9)