Does being strong make a person right? What if a stronger man comes along to lay down the rules? Peter claims the better way us in following he master, and recounts the parable of a fig tree. A gardener is given the task of caring for the trees of a strict man. Moving into their first cottage together, the young gardener and his bride set up their home. Nothing will take them from their home… right?
A fruitless tree is identified, but the gardener asks to give the tree another year with proper care Nathan finds his job at stake if the tree doesn’t bare fruit. How can he break it to his wife about his prideful act? Ruth supports him in doing what’s right, and not basing a decision on what she, or others think.
Nathan works hard, with his frail wife along side. They bravely face the unknown, of whether the tree could actually be barren. Should they pin to find another job, and move elsewhere soon? The strict owner finds it amusing that such dedication to a tree is given. Where’s the fruit? So far there’s only leaves.
Harvest time has arrived, and samples of the finest produce are brought to the owner. When its Nathan’s turn, he presents a tray of fine figs, but what about his special tree? Nathan tells how it wasn’t the fault of the tree, but the condition in which it was raised. All it needed was a chance. Peter tries to explain that the unruly boy doesn’t necessarily need punishment, but a loving environment. Be quick to help, but slow to condemn without understanding.