When Jesus points out that before summer comes the fig tree branches begin to swell and send out small growth he is talking about expectancy and watchfulness. Rarely in life do things happen suddenly. Almost always there are events that point to what is about to happen. It's true in relationships, education, growing up, and gardening. The change from winter to summer does not happen all at once. It comes with lots of small steps that tell us to get ready for the growth that is about to happen.
So if I am looking to this week's lesson from the garden it must be a cautionary message. The garden is starting to show signs that growth is beginning but the frost warns us to be patient and not to jump in too deeply just yet. It is still time for preparatory work. Growth is coming - be ready and patient.