Here’s a shot just down the road where the wisteria vines have spread through the pine trees. Sharon and I have watched as it expanded over many years. You can see why the vine is considered invasive – it goes everywhere it’s allowed to go. Many of those places aren’t where you want it.
But, if you want to have an interesting vine/bush most of the year, and a spectacular blooming vine/bush in the Spring, you can diligently prune and shape it.
A couple of thoughts came to mind –
Some of our habits and activities, even if they’re good ones, can get out of hand. We need to keep them diligently pruned and shaped so that they don’t interfere with our following God.
This beauty began in one place at one particular time when the original vine was planted. That beginning has spread from tree to tree and, years later, is a forest of beauty. Our beauty comes from God – we can spread His beauty through love. And, at times, just one act of love, at a particular time, will spread into a forest of beauty in the years to come.
“Then the righteous will answer him, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you drink? And when did we see you a stranger and welcome you, or naked and clothe you? And when did we see you sick or in prison and visit you?’ And the King will answer them, ‘Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers, you did it to me.'” Matt 25:37-40 ESV