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Topic: Rejection (11/15/04)

TITLE: Withering Heights
By Diane Johnson


Here he comes! I can see him from a distance. I can't believe it's really him. There's been so much commotion centered round him lately. I wonder if he'll even notice me. How do I look? Oh, I wish I had had more time to get ready. I was certainly not expecting him. I need to stand up tall. Thankfully I'm in the prime of life. I look pretty good, if you ask me. He'll just have to be impressed. Those must be his disciples with him. Oh wait until the others hear about this! They all will be so jealous! Serves them right with their big fat fruit. Why some of us just don't have time to bother with all of that pruning and stuff-- we have our own lives to be concerned with.

Well, all I can say is that it's about time something happened out here. Oh, I know I have memories of stories passed down from my ancestors generations ago. I especially love the one about my relatives in Genesis having their leaves sewn together as clothing for -- what was their names? Oh yes, Adam and Eve. Who would think that fig leaves would make the first fashion statement ever! Then Deuteronomy mentions us in the Promise Land "For the LORD your God is bringing you into a good land, a land of brooks of water, of fountains and springs, flowing forth in valleys and hills; a land of wheat and barley, of vines and fig trees and pomegranates, a land of olive oil and honey." In Micah we are likened to as peace, "Each of them will sit under his vine and under his fig tree, with no one to make them afraid, for the mouth of the LORD of hosts has spoken." Why in II Kings it says that we even had the ability to heal, "Then Isaiah said, "Take a cake of figs." And they took and laid it on the boil, and he recovered." Of course, we are a great mainstay for one's diet as mentioned in 1 Samuel, "They gave him a piece of fig cake and two clusters of raisins, and he ate; then his spirit revived. For he had not eaten bread or drunk water for three days and three nights."

Ah, those were the days. But I'm in the here and now, and finally something big is happening. Usually all I ever hear about is the Mount of Olives, the Mount of Olives, the Mount of Olives…from stinking Bethany. Blah, blah, blah. But see, he is coming towards ME! How impressed he will be when he sees how many leaves I have. Wait until the others hear about this! Ha! I feel the beginning of envy gathering right around the corner! Why the others will just die when they hear about this!

"Seeing a lone fig tree by the road, He came to it and found nothing on it except leaves only; and He said to it, "No longer shall there ever be any fruit from you." And at once the fig tree withered." (Matthew 21:19)

Rejection from Christ, leads to withering heights.

Member Comments
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Delores McCarter11/22/04
Lovely piece. There are a few spelling errors that the writer should be aware of. I assume that the writer intends the word in the title and throughout the piece to be spelled with an "h" as "Whithering" instead of Withering. Since wither means to dry up or shrivel up from lack of moisture,
I knew which word the the writer intended to use. However, since this word was used in the title and throughout the piece, it should be brought to the writer's attention. Just a few spelling errors, but other than that, a wonderful piece. Nice job.
Mitzi Busby11/22/04
Diane, Great lesson and great writing. Thanks for the blessing.
Jennifer Solla11/22/04
I Loved your article! It is very thought provoking... and a reality check. I enjoyed how you used a proud attitude to reflect fruitlessness.
Debbie OConnor11/23/04
Very creative! I enjoyed this very much. My first time through I got a little hung up on the scripture in the middle, but when I read your ending with it's wonderful twist, I had to go back and reread. Your opening hook was very strong too. Wonderful lesson, well written and your "withering" is just fine.
Deborah Anderson11/23/04
Nice twist that I didn't see coming at the end. God bless you.
Tesiri Moweta11/24/04
There's a smile om ny face.
Very entertaining, creative and thought provoking.Thanks for teaching us.God bless you!
keep winning and shining for Jesus.
Kathy Cartee11/25/04
Very good, I enjoyed reading your article.
Lois Jennison Tribble11/25/04
Excellent, Diane. Very creative perspective. We need to be hearing more from you!
Lois Jennison Tribble11/25/04
P.S. I loved your title--it really drew me in. God bless!
Linda Germain 11/28/04
Diane, I LOVE creative writing and this has all the earmarks of an author who is able to think beyond the tried and true. The part about sewing fig leaves made me smile because I KNEW what was coming and couldn't wait to prove myself correct! Loved it. Looks like an "A" to me. :0) ~LG~