Saturday, May 4, 2013

The beautiful Wisteria

Dear Friends,

Here I am a day late in posting my devotion for the week. It has been an eventful past few days...but that's to share another day.

The beautiful wisteria shown here used to grace my backyard. My wonderful hubby planted it, and trained it to grow around a post. By keeping the lower branches trimmed, it became a beautiful "tree."

Every spring the blooms brought a smile to my heart. Unfortunately, after hubby could no longer care for the yard, I tried to keep the wisteria trimmed, but was unable to keep it from spreading and growing across the yard. Sadly, last year, the tree had grown so heavy it was pulling the post out of the yard. You can see it leaning slightly to the left in this picture. We had to cut it down.

I was reminded of the words Jesus spoke in John 15, especially v1-3: "I am the true vine, and my Father is the gardener. He cuts off every branch in me that bears no fruit, while every branch that does bear fruit he prunes so that it will be even more fruitful." Comparing how we as Christians grow and bear fruit by remaining in Jesus, and He in us, there are unbelievers who seek to cut us back. But like a beautifully tended vine, we continue to spread and bear fruit.

As writers, we spread the love of God in our words. When I am writing, I am filled with love and inspiration, just as I am when working in my gardens. God is everywhere we seek Him! And He speaks to us through beautiful images...like my wisteria tree.


4 comments:

Sharon A. Lavy said...

Love this tree/shrub/vine. What do you call wisteria? So do you still have it? Is it blooming now? (not sure when wisteria blooms)

Carol Ann said...

No, Sharon. WW had to cut it down. It was so beautiful. These grow beautifully in the south.

Carol Ann said...

Sorry. Not WW...we...

Sharon A. Lavy said...

giggle