29 He told them this parable: “Look at the fig tree and all the trees. 30 When they sprout leaves, you can see for yourselves and know that summer is near. 31 Even so, when you see these things happening, you know that the kingdom of God is near.
Have you ever been so exhausted you can’t see straight? Maybe you miss the bed when sitting down and hit the floor. Maybe you use your credit card to unlock your car door. Exhaustion leads us to miss the most obvious things.
It’s the same for our spiritual sight. This season we are all exhausted. We are tired from long virtual school days and zoom meetings upon zoom meetings. Our bodies are tired of not doing anything. Our hearts grow heavier with every passing day we cannot see or hug or laugh with our friends and family. And because of that exhaustion, we are missing something… the hope of the kingdom of God.
In this scripture, Jesus draws his disciples’ attention to something so easy to miss, a common fig tree. He reminds them that a fig tree has more to offer than just its fruit. They can be a signal of hope as people anticipate the summer. They signal the new season and remind us that winter will not/cannot last forever. It can be easy to miss if you don’t look for it. It can be hard to notice if you’re not paying attention.
In the same way, this season has signs of hope. When we pay attention, the workings of God on earth are evident. From people bringing food to their elderly neighbor, to the health care workers holding the hands of those that cannot be with their family, God’s love has not faltered in the slightest. Hope is visible when we refuse to ignore the signs.
So, brothers and sisters, let’s walk with our eyes wide open. Let us step into each day with our hearts attune to God. And as we observe the blooming fig trees in our lives, may we remember and know that the kingdom of God is near!