For the record, I love figs.
We hear about them multiple times in the Bible, including today's Gospel from Luke, in which Jesus tells a parable of the barren fig tree.
Which got me thinking .... fig trees are a huge letdown.
First, it can take some time (up to five years) before a fig tree even produces fruit.
Second, they only bear fruit twice a year - and one of those times yields an inferior fig. This, by the way, is very frustrating to a fig lover. You wish it would produce consistently over the whole year, rather than peaking once or twice.
Then it dawned on me. Jesus could tell a fig parable about me!
Like the fig tree, it took me a long, long time before I started producing anything Jesus would consider "fruit".
Second, I tend to "peak" religiously during the seasons of Advent and Lent. And just like I wish fig trees produced all year round, I'm sure God feels the same about me.
I just pray the negative similarities end there, and I never get to the point where Jesus curses me!
I hope you are having a Blessed Lent.