"Sir, the man replied, "leave it alone for one more year, and I'll dig around it and fertilize it. If it bears fruit next year, well and good; but if not, you can cut it down." (Luke 13:8-9)
So what are you thinking of with "results?" The lab tests you had done this week? How about the Lenten Discipline you are working on? The Bible, or prayer, study you are doing? What are the "results" you are looking for? The finished projects (I have finished two of the three quilts, cleaned one of the rooms and finished the scarf)? The clean closet? Ways to increase your income? What to plant, and where, in your garden for the results you need? These are all different ways to be thinking of "results" - right?
Jesus is telling us a parable about a gentleman with a vineyard and a fig tree in said vineyard. (v. 6) The problem was there were NO figs on the tree. This has been going on for a while, we are told three years (v. 7), and the owner has had it. The owner tells the worker "cut it down." (v. 7) Most trees take a few years to grow and produce fruit but we aren't told how long it has been. What we are told, by the worker, is to please give it "more." Give it more time, more care and more food -- then see what happens. Jesus is asking us to look at "results" from a different perspective - doesn't he always?
Does this change your thinking about "results"? We are about 1/2 way through Lent. We, as Caregivers, are very busy with spring schedules, Lenten schedules, family schedules and trying to care for ourselves. Can we give it "more" time, "more" food and "more" care? Can we look at it from a different (God's) perspective? Something to think about.........
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