He didn’t suggest the fig tree, even though they were plentiful in his environment.
For you see, Jesus was quite aware that even though the fig tree grew in the arid, sandy soil of Mesopotamia, it often would sprout leaves to protect itself from the sun, but “cursedly” refuse to offer any fruit to anyone else.
In discussing our lifestyle, Jesus said, “Consider the lily.”
The lily has three aspects to its persona that are much more suited for Planet Earth:
- The lily knows it is supposed to grow
- It doesn’t work hard (toil).
- It isn’t convinced it might need to cheat to get its way (spin).
We are supposed to be lilies.
In being this beautiful flower, we expect growth, we stop struggling and we refuse to lie. This opens the door to just enough optimism that we can work with the available realism.
And the enemy to “lily life?” Those who proclaim that “people don’t change.”
It fascinates me that those who call themselves liberal–who deeply embrace evolution–think that such a transition ceases to apply when it comes to their own lives.
And those who do not believe in evolution, but prefer creation, still contend that God created them to be at least partially miserable.
We are lilies.
This means we need to learn how to consider. And considering is a decision to pursue a better solution instead of suffering in our tradition.
So how can you be reasonable?
A. Find your soil.
You won’t grow lilies in the desert. Even though Jesus was surrounded by desert, he suggested that his disciples find a place where lilies can grow.
B. Sink roots.
Don’t keep changing your mind and following every wind of doctrine. Find principles that have proven to be of lasting quality, creativity, invention, peacefulness and good cheer.
C. Suck in the light.
It is very difficult to grow lilies in a cave of misunderstanding. We are not mushrooms, which sprout in darkness. If you are surrounded by darkness, you will not pursue considering. Therefore you will fall short of considerate.
- We are not fig trees, trying to just “get by” in the desert.
- We are not mushrooms, tolerating the darkness.
- We are a lily.
Therefore we grow as we stop working so hard and refuse to join the cheaters.