Find a new tree.

Mark 11:12-14

"The next day as they were leaving Bethany, Jesus was hungry. Seeing in the distance a fig tree in leaf, he went to find out if it had any fruit. When he reached it, he found nothing but leaves, because it was not the season for figs. Then he said to the tree, "May no one ever eat fruit from you again." And his disciples heard him say it."

It appears Jesus got a little, as we millenials would like to call, "hangry". You know, when you're starving and easily irritable. Well, He approaches a fig tree that is full of leaves and comes to find out, it is bare. Super disappointing. So, what does he do? He basically says "not today. not now. not ever." and commands it to never bare fruit again. Scripture goes onto tell us that the next day the disciples walked by and the tree had withered away.

Wait. Hold up. You're telling me that Jesus, God in the flesh, God who created that tree, commanded it to wither away? Well, essentially yes. But that confuses me because Jesus was hungry and just as easily as He said "no more fruit", He had the power to command it to GIVE Him some fruit, but he didn't. That got me to thinking...

Imagine if we stopped trying to make certain trees in our lives give us fruit. Compare that tree to a friend you might have or a struggling relationship you keep trying to make work. 

What if Jesus was trying to show us that sometimes we have to just move on and stop trying to demand fruit from trees that don't bare it. What if he was showing us that sometimes we need stop trying to demand happiness, joy, love, support, attention... (fruit) from people (trees) that don't bare it. You picking up what I'm putting down?

So, what if instead of trying to make that tree give us something, we just found a new tree? If that friendship or relationship is not giving you joy, happiness, peace, and adding to your life, baring fruit, you may need to follow the example Jesus set and move on. FIND A NEW TREE.

Jesus had all the power in the world to demand that tree to give Him fruit, to give Him life, to curb His appetite and satisfy His hunger, but instead He moved on. He, even though scripture doesn't tell us, most likely found a new tree. He was hungry. I would...

So if you're hungry for peace, love, joy, happiness, support, attention, etc... and you aren't getting it from that friend or significant other; consider finding a new tree.

God put this on my heart to share for 2018 when it came to friendships and relationships. There's one relationship that is more important than any other in your life and that is with God. I hope that you consider that relationship, improving on that relationship, and growing in that relationship as you enter this year. No matter how bad you are at them, God is more patient than you could ever know and willing to work with anyone! He loves you! His name is Jesus and a relationship with Him is open to anyone who calls upon his name.

Happy New Year and STAY POSITIVE,

Clay 


5 comments

  • Love it !!

    Andrea Quiroz
  • Love the perspective you shared on this! Good word!

    Beka_Gray
  • What an awesome message that I needed to hear today.

    Brenda C
  • #newtreenewbranches

    Heather Grissom
  • I love hearing you release what God has put on your heart. Preach it!

    Katheleen Pickett

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