12 Apr The Lesson of the Fig Tree
Read Matthew 21:18-22 (NLT)
Thought for the Day: Jesus kept going when things got difficult!
In Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings, we are introduced to a dwarf named Gimli. A fierce warrior coming from a long line of warriors, Gimli is no stranger to hardship. He willingly pledges his service in support of Frodo’s quest to destroy the One Ring. Just before setting out on what would be an extremely difficult journey, Gimli vows to carry on no matter what happens and declares: “Faithless is he that says farewell when the road darkens.” Throughout the rest of the story, Gimli’s bold declaration is repeatedly put to the test. However, no matter the challenge, Gimli continues to be a faithful companion.
Early on in Holy Week, Jesus curses a fig tree. While there are many ways to understand this, it is certain Jesus’ act parallels the words of the prophet Habbakuk:
“Even though the fig trees have no blossoms, and there are no grapes on the vines; even though the olive crop fails, and the fields lie empty and barren; even though the flocks die in the fields, and the cattle barns are empty, yet I will rejoice in the Lord! I will be joyful in the God of my salvation!”
Habakkuk is reminding us that it is important to follow God in the good times when there is a plentiful harvest as well as when life is a struggle. True faith follows God even when our road darkens. Staying the course and faithfully serving God is incredibly rewarding. Let’s be careful to not just be a “fair-weather friend”. This Holy Week, let’s remember to trust God during the good times as well as when our road darkens!
Pastors Stan and David