An Evangelical Church in the Heart of Thatcham

Turning us upside down

I came across the story of a rally car driver who was a truly forward thinking person. He had a sign which he placed on his drivers side window with the following words: “Don’t just stand there get me out of here.” The words were all written upside down! Not many of us ever plan for the possibility that our lives may one day be turned upside down.

Jesus, in Luke’s gospel, tells us this brief parable: Then he told this parable: “A man had a fig tree, planted in his vineyard, and he went to look for fruit on it, but did not find any. So he said to the man who took care of the vineyard, ‘For three years now I’ve been coming to look for fruit on this fig tree and haven’t found any. Cut it down! Why should it use up the soil?’

 “ ‘Sir,’ the man replied, ‘leave it alone for one more year, and I’ll dig around it and fertilize it.  If it bears fruit next year, fine! If not, then cut it down.’ ” Luke 13 verses 6-9

A horticulturalist friend explained to me that digging around a tree had the effect of putting the tree under stress. Various of the roots would be severed, the tree would no longer be comfortable anymore. In times of comfort the tree might produce a lot of leaves, so to break the cycle attacking the roots is the right approach. If it should be that your life is literally turned upside down reflect that God may well be instrumental in this and that He does it to gain your attention, to get you to yield yourself unreservedly to Him as Creator and Lord.

I am the Pastor at Thatcham Evangelical Church in West Berkshire. This is an FIEC (Fellowship of Evangelical Churches) affiliated church.