And Jesus told this parable: A man had a fig tree planted in his vineyard, and he came seeking fruit on it and found none. And he said to the vinedresser, ‘Look, for three years now I have come seeking fruit on this fig tree, and I find none. Cut it down. Why should it use up the ground?’ And he answered him, ‘Sir, let it alone this year also, until I dig around it and put on manure. Then if it should bear fruit next year, well and good; but if not, you can cut it down.’”
The vinedresser in this story is Jesus and He is pleading the case of someone who isn’t walking with God to the degree that there is no “fruit” in their lives to even show that they have a relationship with Him at all. Does your life feel a little like the fig tree, everywhere you turn things have been churned or dug up and there seems to be manure everywhere you look? Maybe God is trying to grow you up to be fruitful and effective for Him.
There are times when we are going through tough times because we are not walking with God and then there are times we are seeming to just glide along in our walk with Him complacent, not looking for ways to grow. God allows situations and people in our lives at times to help us to grow up in Him. Some of those annoying, crazy people in your life are there for you and until you stop praying for them to go away and ask God what you maybe need to learn from the situation, they are there! Now, understand as well that just because you see someone going through a tough time or maybe you are doesn’t always mean there is something wrong with you or them, it can also be because we live in an imperfect world and life happens, you know in your heart if it is you which it is.
I would encourage you to take whatever you are facing today to God and ask Him to show you if there is something you can learn from it, no matter why it is there and ask Him to guide you. His desire is for you to be all you can be for Him so trust Him to guide you to that!
“Even if you are on the right track you will get run over if you just sit there.” Will Rogers