The Parable of the Trees


Now when they told Jotham, he went and stood on the top of Mount Gerizim, and lifted his voice and called out. Thus he said to them, “Listen to me, O men of Shechem, that God may listen to you. Once the trees went forth to anoint a king over them, and they said to the olive tree, ‘Reign over us!’ But the olive tree said to them, ‘Shall I leave my fatness with which God and men are honored, and go to wave over the trees? 10 Then the trees said to the fig tree, ‘You come, reign over us!’ 11 But the fig tree said to them, ‘Shall I leave my sweetness and my good fruit, and go to wave over the trees? 12 Then the trees said to the vine, ‘You come, reign over us!’ 13 But the vine said to them, ‘Shall I leave my new wine, which cheers God and men, and go to wave over the trees?’ (Judges 9:7-13)

I found this little story tucked into the pages of the Book of Judges, it seemed like a Parable to me, like a story maybe Jesus would tell to his disciples.  As I read it over and over again, I began to see a moral, or lesson, within this little tale.  Have you ever had someone ask you to do something, and you just said “Yes”, without praying about it, without seeking God’s counsel?  I certainly have.   Sometimes it’s because you respect the person so much, you feel they must know God’s will for you. Well I believe one of the morals of this story has to do with waiting on God, knowing your purpose, knowing what you are called to do, for the time you are called to do it.  Proverbs 25:11

Like apples of gold in settings of silver Is a word spoken in right circumstances.   I am at a time in my life where I feel kind of lost, unsure of what I am to do next. I have sensed God telling me to live day to day, moment by moment, and He will lead me.  This is much harder than I thought it would be.  I see others, all around me, who wake up every morning and have a job to go to.  I have been praying about that, and so far don’t sense that is for me right now.  One long, wonderful Season of my life is past, mothering my three children, and I feel like I can’t see where to go from here.  Waiting on God is so hard sometimes.  When you are not busy with something, it’s hard to feel your life has purpose, meaning, significance; but it does.  God is my purpose;  just being His child, sitting at His feet, listening to His voice, waiting in His Throne Room for further instructions; this is my purpose right now.
I have jumped the gun too many times, been in the wrong place at the wrong time; because I didn’t wait on Him before.  One of the biggest lies out there is, “Just follow your heart.”  This is the theme of so many movies and songs, but our hearts can deceive us, God never will.  So like those three beautiful trees in the story from the Book of Judges, I need to know that at this time in my life, I am called to wait, wait on the Lord.  I must not go out to just “wave over the trees,” because I feel I need to be doing something, anything.  I am learning the hard lessons that only waiting can teach me.  I will Rest in my Lord and King in this waiting room, and learn to follow Him better, as He trains my spirit to hear His voice alone, and wait until it’s time to move on from here.

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