Then he told this parable: “A man had a fig tree, planted in his vineyard, and he went to look for fruit on it, but did not find any. So he said to the man who took care of the vineyard, `For three years now I’ve been coming to look for fruit on this fig tree and haven’t found any. Cut it down! Why should it use up the soil?'” `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, fine! If not, then cut it down.’ ”
A few months ago I saw an odd principle demonstrated right in front of me. While at a relative’s house we saw an apple tree. He showed us the tree and then told us that he almost cut it down because it had no apples, but a neighbor told him to take a stick and BEAT the tree. So he went out that night and beat the tree. And the next season… that tree just about fell over from the apples. This parable reminded me of that story. Often the times in our lives when we are beat down, or very nearly uprooted, are the times when God is getting ready to pour something special out. We need to be “dug around.” We need to be…… er… fertilized. Only then are we in a place where God can reap a harvest in our lives. So maybe you feel like you’ve just been beat with an apple stick? Maybe God has dug
almost everything out of your life. Be ready. Be alert. He may just be about to do something amazing.