THE FIG TREE
Read James 5: 7-8
The end of a matter is better than its beginning,
and patience is better than pride.
Over two years ago, I bought a small fig tree and planted it
in the garden. It didn’t do well and looked as if it were dying.
I dug it up and put it in a
large pot. It stood in the
pot for a long time, strug-
gling to thrive. During the
winter, I dug another hole
in the garden where the
drainage was better, and I replanted the bare tree.
With the coming of spring, I watered and inspected my
tree daily. I found no sign of life. New leaves were appearing
on other trees, but the fig tree was bare. It looked like a dead
stick. I gave up all hope of its reviving. Yet some time later, I
saw the tiniest tip of a green bud. The fig tree eventually came
to life, and recently we ate our first fig from it.
As I write this, I see that nothing and no one is too far gone
for God. Just as I persisted in resettling my tree as it struggled
to grow, so God is continually resettling, redirecting, and
moving us along into growth and fruitful production. The
process can be uncomfortable and challenging, but we are
assured, as we place ourselves in God’s hands, that new life
and fruit will spring forth in time.
Prayer: Dear Lord, help me to be patient as you work in and
with me to bring about new life. Amen.
Joan Lake (New South Wales, Australia)
Prayer Focus: SOMEONE I CAN ENCOURAGE
— Ecclesiastes 7: 8 (NIV)
Thought for the Day
God only requires me to take
one step at a time.