“The next day as they were leaving Bethany, Jesus was hungry. Seeing in the distance a fig tree in leaf, he went to find out if it had any fruit. When he reached it, he found nothing but leaves, because it was not the season for figs. Then he said to the tree, “May no one ever eat fruit from you again.” And his disciples heard him say it.” Mark 11:12-14
I have always had a hard time with this story in the bible. I could never really wrap my head around why Jesus would curse the fig tree, after all, the bible explicitly says that it was not the season for figs. It was not the season but Jesus didn’t care about what the world constitutes the seasons to be. He was hungry. He wanted to eat. Nothing else mattered. Through this message, I realize that we can’t limit ourselves to what society says is normal and what society says we should expect of ourselves. Society and nature itself dictated it was not time for figs but Jesus didn’t care. So why should we care so much what society deems is right and what society says is normal for us. So what that I never graduated high school. Why should that keep me from bettering my education and graduating from a top university in the country. So what if society says that I need to intern in 5 places before ever landing a good job. My God and my faith can say otherwise, if I believe it. Jesus wanted figs. I want success even if it doesn’t make sense for me to have it because of my conditions, because of where I’m from or because of what I have now. That’s not to say I don’t have to put the work in but that’s why we have faith and action and what better opportunity to do so than the campaign! This is my chance to eat figs even when they are not in season. This is my chance to get the impossible and surpass any expectation that society or my family or friends have of me.
The Bible says, Jesus was hungry; but the real question is, how hungry are you?