Ever wonder what Jesus was referring to when he said, "When thou wast under the fig tree I saw thee?"
In Bible times, a fig tree not only provided fruit, but a perfect niche to retreat to for rest, shade and solitude--a quiet place to meditate and pray. Some Bible scholars think this is where Nathanael had his private time of devotion.(1) One thing we know for sure, Jesus saw this Israelite, in whom is no guile, under the fig tree before he physically called him to be a disciple. He saw Nathanael in his secret place, during his fig tree time, and knew he'd be a faithful follower to the end because he was faithful from the start.
Our omnipresent God also sees us during our fig tree time. Like Nathanael, we too shall see great things (John 1:51).
1. Twelve Ordinary Men by John MacArthur