Arthur at “The Voice of One Crying Out in Suburbia” has written a very good post called “God’s covenant people are an olive tree not a corn field.”
The post compares the olive tree to the cornfield, and suggests that God’s children here on earth should look more like the olive tree than corn plants.
But, Arthur suggests we often look more like corn plants.
Here’s part of his post:
Olive trees have deep roots and many branches. There are many different branches but all of them are interconnected. The branches on an olive tree are interdependent, all drawing the source of sustenance from the same root system.
Sometimes it seems that God’s people are more like a corn field than an olive tree. Corn plants in a field grow alongside but compete for resources. They look identical from a distance but when you get closer there are slight variations.
Whether it is competing for nutrients, bees to pollinate, sunlight, water, whatever, corn plants are competing with one another even though they are after the same goal: making ears of corn.
You can read the full post at Arthur’s site (follow the link above).
What do you think of Arthur’s metaphor/parable?