18 Early in the morning as Jesus was returning to the city, he was hungry. 19 He saw a fig tree along the road, but when he came to it, he found nothing except leaves. Then he said to it, “You’ll never again bear fruit!” The fig tree dried up at once.
20 When the disciples saw it, they were amazed. “How did the fig tree dry up so fast?” they asked.
21 Jesus responded, “I assure you that if you have faith and don’t doubt, you will not only do what was done to the fig tree. You will even say to this mountain, ‘Be lifted up and thrown into the lake.’ And it will happen. 22 If you have faith, you will receive whatever you pray for.” (Matt. 21:18-22, CEB)
There are two parts to this story. The first one is the picture of the fig tree in relation to the Temple and Israel. They always looked like they were ready to “bear fruit,” but they were void of it. The hungry were coming but were finding no spiritual food in the very place they should have easily found it.
Then, there is the other part on faith and speaking to a fig tree and moving mountains.
Every time I read those passages, I see the invitation of the Kingdom and then back away from that very invitation.
This one is stuck in me… again. The invitation in this Holy Week from the Spirit is this: “What mountains are you moving?”
All week I know the instruction for me is to wait in prayer, hear the Spirit speak about a mountain, then pray. No more waiting. Ask.