Thought for The Day – Tuesday 15th March


The Parable of the Unfruitful Fig Tree

Then he told this parable: “A man had a fig tree growing 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.’”

Luke 13:6-9

I’m a big fan of BBC’s ‘Gardener’s World’.  I enjoy watching Monty Don and the expert team taking care of their gardens and giving advice on how to nurture and grow what has been planted.  Unfortunately, I’m no gardener myself and certainly don’t have the patience of the vineyard owner in this parable.  I often get frustrated and disheartened that what I thought would be easy and fruitful has not blossomed into anything at all.  I’m thankful that the master gardener in my life is patient and willing to give me another chance.

One of my favourite sections on ‘Gardener’s World’ is ‘Jobs for the Weekend’. I dutifully watch what I should be doing and tell myself that I’ll get round to that at the weekend.  Invariably the weekend comes and goes and I’ve found something else to do instead.  This parable is an important reminder that although God is patient, helpful and nurturing with each of us there is no guarantee that we will have tomorrow or the weekend to get round to doing what is important and crucial right now.

Prayer: Heavenly Father, Help me I pray to trust in you without reservation, so that my life may become increasingly fruitful in every area. Amen

Action: Admire God’s creation all around you – a bunch of flowers, a tree on your walk, a leaf from the garden or a houseplant.


This Thought was written by Ruth Mackie