We enjoyed the first figs from our tree yesterday – a little late because of our cooler than normal summer. Definitely worth the wait! Black Mission Figs are sweet and juicy, a real treat.
Fig trees are mentioned several times in the Bible, twice in reference to the last day or that day. Micah 4:4 says every man will sit under his own vine and fig tree and no one will make them afraid. Zechariah 3:10 says each of you will invite his neighbor to sit under his vine and fig tree, speaking of a vision of Joshua.
I know not everyone likes figs, as I have discovered when trying to give them away, but everyone does want to have enough of what they need. Do we really need grapes and figs? Maybe not, but as I enjoyed my first fig of 2010, I was grateful to God for supplying us with things we don’t necessarily need but which make our lives sweeter and more enjoyable. Grapes and figs are just part of the promise that God does and will take care of us, now and in that day. His generosity is overwhelming!
A friend asked what was the highlight of the trip and I had to answer – the conferences! Being with sisters in Christ in a peaceful setting, getting to know God and each other better, sharing meals and laughs – it doesn’t get better than that!
Some may wonder if women’s conferences/retreats are really worth the time, effort and expense. My answer is a resounding yes! I’m convinced God enjoys when his people enjoy him and each other in the Spirit of love and unity. It’s the best way to spend a weekend!
Before the Malaysia retreat, Ruth and I took a city tour around Singapore. We were really happy for an air-conditioned bus! The tour made me wish for more time to explore, but that will have to wait for another trip. It’s amazing how almost 5 million people of several faiths and ethnic backgrounds can squeeze onto this tiny island and still get along pretty well.
The conference in Malaysia went really well. We met at the Legends Resort in Kulai. It was hot and humid, but that didn’t put a damper on our fun. Ruth Matthews and I enjoyed meeting with about 40 women from Singapore and Malaysia.
The 2010 Australia Women’s Conference was a great success. The Black & White banquet was a lot of fun, with funny as well as beautiful hats. Unfortunately my team came out near the bottom in the Bible Trivia Challenge!