Good Day, God!
This morning I read the parable about the Fig Tree. The Owner was disgusted that in three years there had been NO FIGS! But, the Gardener said, “Let me dig around the tree and give it more fertilizer for one year. Then if there are no figs, it will be cut down.”
Often, I take that personally — take it as an Individual Fig Tree — and wonder if I am bearing fruit. But, this morning, God, I wondered if the Fig Tree might be US, All of us Humans. Sigh.
I can’t help but notice, God, that there have been a lot of extinctions here on Planet Earth. And I also have noticed that we Humans have not been the Best of Tenants. This worries me.
We are a marvelously clever and creative people. And I think most of us are people of good will and good intentions. I am certain You have given us — as a species — the ability to do far better than we currently are at being stewards and caretakers of our planet and all that is on it.
I do have hope, God. My dear friend Heidi is dedicated to helping the orphans and vulnerable children in Swaziland. She is making it possible for people here to help orphans and caregivers there become self-sustaining — working with and through the local rural churches. She is one of a vast array of people working in countless diverse ways to make this a better world. Thank You, God!
I hope, God, that You are giving our species one more of Your Long Years to bear real fruit. Please, God, open our Ears to Hear. Open our Eyes to See. Please, most of all, Open our Hearts to Love.