The next day Jesus decided to go to Galilee. He found Philip and said to him, "Follow me." Now Philip was from Bethsaida, the city of Andrew and Peter. Philip found Nathanael and said to him, "We have found him about whom Moses in the law and also the prophets wrote, Jesus son of Joseph from Nazareth." Nathanael said to him, "Can anything good come out of Nazareth?" Philip said to him, "Come and see." When Jesus saw Nathanael coming toward him, he said of him, "Here is truly an Israelite in whom there is no deceit!" Nathanael asked him, "Where did you get to know me?" Jesus answered, "I saw you under the fig tree before Philip called you." Nathanael replied, "Rabbi, you are the Son of God! You are the King of Israel!" Jesus answered, "Do you believe because I told you that I saw you under the fig tree? You will see greater things than these." And he said to him, "Very truly, I tell you, you will see heaven opened and the angels of God ascending and descending upon the Son of Man." John 1:43-51
Under the Fig Tree Again
I will find you under the fig tree
hiding from the heat of day
I will bring you cooling water
and help you to begin again.
You aren't perfect nor alone
an honest heart though broken
I will bring you healing balm
and tend the wounds the world gives.
I will seek you in dark night
when the clouds have gathered
round your head and dreams horrify
I will wake you with a gentle dawn.
I have chosen to walk with you
on this earth so broken and abused
I have chosen to walk withoutcasts
eating meals with enemies and sinners.
I will find you and bring you back
to a place you will call home
I will help you smile and laugh again
cuddling your children to your side.