“Learn this parable from the fig tree: Whenever its branch becomes tender and puts out its leaves, you know that summer is near.
[Mark 13:28 NET]
The parable of the fig-tree, teaches that we should not shut our eyes to the foreshadowings of future things. We are taught not to be anxious about tomorrow. But there is also a duty of looking ahead–as well as not looking ahead. The good sailor watches the skies, and he would be criminally foolish–were he to pay no heed to the foretokens of storm. The prudent farmer watches the forerunners of winter, and gathers in his fruits, houses his cattle, puts wood and coal in his bins, when he can do so easily–and is ready before the snows and the bitter cold come. So in all our life we should watch the “signs of the times,” and shape our course accordingly.
Young people, as they feel the impulses of life in their souls, and hear the calls of God sounding in their ears, should be reminded of the duties and responsibilities of life, toward which they are moving, and should diligently prepare themselves for filling well their place. Each period of life brings its own special work; and there are always forecasts which, if heeded, will enable us to prepare ourselves for what God is preparing for us. If we are faithful, one day will prepare us for the next, and we shall never be found by any event, however sudden, unprepared to meet it.