From Fig Tree to Follower

“When Jesus saw Nathanael approaching, he said of him, “Here truly is an Israelite in whom there is no deceit.” “How do you know me?” Nathanael asked.Jesus answered, “I saw you while you were still under the fig tree before Philip called you.” John 1: 47-48

These verses brought a smile to my face this morning. I love the reminder that God knows us, see us, and understands us long before we are ever introduced to Him. I love the memory Jesus chooses to share with Nathanael. It doesn’t appear to be some earth shattering type moment in Nathanael’s life. And yet something about it was significant to Nathanael, he knew exactly what moment Jesus was referring to. 

I wonder what made that particular memory so special for Nathanael? I wonder what he was thinking about as he sat under that tree? We aren’t told what made that memory special…but Nathanael knew and Jesus certainly knew.  I love how these verses reflect the unique intimacy we each can have with Christ.

Jesus sees Nathanael and immediately validates that he is not just one of many.  He’s significant in Christ’s eyes.   I know you.  I saw you.  You were sitting under the fig tree!

I don’t know about you, but these verses are comforting to me. It’s a reminder to me that God sees us and remembers us all the time. He even recalls the tiny, seemingly insignificant points along our journey. There is no detail in our lives that goes unnoticed by Him.

Be encouraged by that today!

Linking up with Tracy today for Winsome Wednesday.


15 thoughts on “From Fig Tree to Follower

  1. Jeremy Statton

    This is amazing. He saw me when I was not looking for him. He saw me when I messed everything up. He sees me now. Thank you for the encouragement as well, Eileen.

    1. Eileen Post author

      I agree, Bill. And, I didn’t discuss the verses right after these but it’s almost like Jesus tells him “You were impressed by that, Nathanael? Just you wait, you ain’t seen nothing yet!” 😉

  2. Caroline

    What a great detail you noticed within Nathaniel’s story. I love this: “He’s significant in Christ’s eyes. I know you. I saw you. You were sitting under the fig tree!” So thankful He sees.

  3. Heidi

    Eileen, that truly is sweet encouragement. I love the way those verses struck you… such great insight! Have a blessed day!

  4. Tracy

    Hi Eileen – the other day my brother sent me a pic of a woman and asked me if I knew who she was? “Lisa? i asked” They were blown away (and so was I quite frankly) that I remembered her. She was from my primary school, not someone i “played with at break time” and I had not seen her in over 32ish years. If that freaked me out (in a good way) imagine the truth of God KNOWING us, seeing us, understanding us way before we know that fact! Wow! Great post
    God bless

  5. Alicia@the Overflow

    The story of Nathanael is one of my favorites. Often pray for my eyes to be like Christ’s when I look at my own children sitting under their “fig trees”… want to see them as He does, special, known, treasured. Thanks for the inspiration

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