In the morning as they passed by, they saw the fig tree withered away to its roots. Then Peter remembered and said to him, "Rabbi, look! The fig tree that you cursed has withered." Jesus answered them, "Have faith in God. Truly I tell you, if you say to this mountain, 'Be taken up and thrown into the sea,' and if you do not doubt in your heart, but believe that what you say will come to pass, it will be done for you. So I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.
"Whenever you stand praying, forgive, if you have anything against anyone; so that your Father in heaven may also forgive you your trespasses."
~Mark 11:12-14, 20-25
Ruining a perfectly good fig tree
just because it didn't see fit
to produce fruit
out of season
to please a boy king
I'll tell you what, a person gets tired
of pleasing boy kings
soothing their temper tantrums
knowing one's place
walking on egg shells
producing fruit out of season
because His Highness is hungry
y'all ran out of loaves and fishes
that you gotta wreck the poor fig tree
before it's time?
you gonna come into Martha's kitchen
and grouse about how she's not serving you right?
you did do that.
when all is said and done,
you'll be holding your hand out
saying "trust me--walk on water"
and I'll be thinking about that fig tree
knowing that taking your hand
carries significant risk