6 Then he told this parable: “A man had a fig tree planted in his vineyard; and he came looking for fruit on it and found none. 7 So he said to the gardener, ‘See here! For three years I have come looking for fruit on this fig tree, and still I find none. Cut it down! Why should it be wasting the soil?’ 8 He replied, ‘Sir, let it alone for one more year, until I dig around it and put manure on it. 9 If it bears fruit next year, well and good; but if not, you can cut it down.’”
When I read this passage, I am struck by verse 7 where it says, “It’s just taking up space in the garden”. The man who planted the fig tree desired to see it bear fruit, however he gave up on it and wanted to see it cut down. He didn’t see any value in it and lost hope. However, the gardener was not so willing to give the tree up, and saw its worthiness to be given another chance to life. He had patience.
From this, I am reminded of the patience that God shows us. He sees us as worthy of forgiveness, and wants to give us life even when we do not bear any fruit. God does not see us as people who are “taking up space in the garden”, but rather is patient with us and waits for us to come to Him, bearing much fruit.
God, I thank You that You do not look at our imperfections and give up on us. Thank You that You are patient and loving. Please help me today to bear fruit in all that I do and reflect Your glory. In Jesus’ name.
Written by Laura Samperi