Mark 11:20-21(NLT)
20 The next morning as they passed by the fig tree he had cursed, the disciples noticed it had withered from the roots up. 21 Peter remembered what Jesus had said to the tree on the previous day and exclaimed, “Look, Rabbi! The fig tree you cursed has withered and died!”

Previously in Mark 11:14 Jesus found a fig tree without any fruit upon it. Then Jesus said to the tree, “May no one ever eat your fruit again!” And the disciples heard him say it. The next day Jesus and the disciples are passing by the same tree. Peter yells out in surprise to Jesus to look at the tree, “The fig tree you cursed has withered and died!” It was as though Peter couldn’t believe it had happened. Jesus then later goes on to explain about faith and prayer. This was also a lesson for the disciples about the present day state of the church. The church was not producing the fruit it should so it might have as well withered up and died too.

David Harrison was a mechanic in Chicago who worked on Volkswagen Beetles. WGN-TV reported one day as he was working on a car the support jack gave way and pinned him underneath the car. The steering linkage had fallen across his neck and the accident was becoming very serious, very quickly. Four women who were nearby saw the accident and lifted the car off of Harrison. One woman said she guessed it must have been an adrenaline rush because she didn’t really think about what she was doing, she just lifted the car and it came off him. Had someone asked these women if they could have lifted the car their answer would probably have been no. But their sudden determination to save this mechanic gave them the strength they needed. Peter had a hard time believing the tree Jesus cursed had died. Yet he had seen many miracles take place. We often have a hard time believing God can do things beyond our expectations. Just like lifting the car off someone might have been beyond the women’s expectations they did it. We have a God and Savior who are mighty and powerful. We need to believe our Lord can accomplish anything and not be surprised when He does. Have faith in God, believe with all your heart and watch for things to happen in your life.