I live in Northern Ireland where the weather is not extreme. Our winter is mild and our summer is not too hot. When I travel to warmer climates it takes time for me to adjust. It is true the saying, “there is no place like home.”
Given that, I do enjoy going on holiday to the sun for a week or two in the year. My body gets comforted by the rays of warmth on my back. Then a quick dip in the sea or pool to cool off. I do believe I get healing when I come to Greece. The sun is much brighter there. In the scripture it says ” The sun will be seven times brighter when I heal the wounds of my people.” Isaiah 30 v 26
This is my beauty treatment for the year.
When I go to the Mediteranean countries the stories from the bible come alive.
In Greece I have seen families sitting outside their white washed houses, eating, talking and relaxing under a veranda frame with a grape vine covering it.
The vine can grow up quickly. It’s tendrils shoot out leaves in many directions so it can cover a large area. The broad leaves make a green canopy to give shelter from the sun.
Fig trees can be trained along a frame as well. Their broad leathery leaves protect and shelter from the strong sun’s rays.
Neither of these plants wither in the harshest heat. An added benefit to the householder is the sweet fruit both plants produce.
The fig tree and the vine are symbols of peace.
It is God’s will that man has a home and lives in peace and not war.
The scriptures tell us about the harmony of man benefitting from the plants.
Solomon is know as a wise king.
During Solomon’s lifetime Judah and Israel, from Dan to Beersheba, lived in safety, everyone under their own vine and under their own fig tree. (1 Kings 4:25 NIV)
There was peace. Another scripture says,
Everyone will sit under their own vine and under their own fig tree, and no one will make them afraid, for the Lord Almighty has spoken. (Micah 4:4 NIV)
In times of war, houses are demolished and trees destroyed. No more days of peaceful family times.
Often families can be in turmoil and war internally. No more happy times eating together and sharing. The vine tree is left unattended and the fig tree not pruned.
But God gives hope when there is no hope as we trust and praise him.
Though the fig tree does not bud and there are no grapes on the vines, though the olive crop fails, yet I will rejoice in the Lord, I will be joyful in God my Savior. (Habakkuk 3:17-18 NIV)
Even in the darkest times of war from without and from within God promises restoration.