Jesus answered him, “Because I said, I saw you under the fig tree, do you believe? You shall see greater things than these.” John 1:50
For Nathaniel’s sake, I hope the figs weren’t ripe and falling. We had a fig tree in my back yard when I was young, and the ripe figs squished between my toes when I ran bare-footed through the grass.
Being seen by Jesus under the fig tree, changed Nathaniel for the good. Perhaps, Nathaniel was smiling or dreaming; maybe he was weeping and lost. No matter. Jesus saw. Because Jesus saw Nathaniel, Nathaniel would see. Nathaniel would see even greater things. Nathaniel would see even greater things because the sight of God is sight shared, not sight hoarded.
I, too, am seen. Even when I do not wish to be seen. Even when I long to be blanketed by unknowing. I have no invisibility cloak for this life.
Neither do you.
Like Nathaniel, we are seen. We are seen not through the indicting stare of a self-righteous judge. Rather, we are seen by the inquisitive and inviting eyes of a welcoming God, a welcoming God who will share God’s sight with us. Then, we shall see.
Jesus said, “I saw you under the fig tree.”
Well, Jesus, you might as well have said –
“I saw you furiously washing the dishes and resenting every single popping bubble.”
“I saw you sleep deprived and blindly probing every corner of the crib for that blasted pacifier.”
“I saw you praying over urine, when the minus never became a plus.”
For all of life that we thought was unseen, because we believed the moment was too private, too petty, or too ordinary to cross anyone else’s line of sight, a compassionate God has witnessed all of it. ALL of it.
For Nathaniel’s sake, I hope the figs weren’t ripe and falling; but just in case they were, something tells me that Jesus would not have been put-off by someone covered in ripe fig guts.
© Amy Persons Parkes 2014