Perseverance Like the Wild Morning Glory

Each year I do battle in our flower gardens with the wild morning glories. They are so hardy and even when they are plucked out by their roots, the persevere. They snake around my coneflowers, and even my butterfly bushes. While I love the beautiful flowers the vines produce, I don’t want them mixed in my other flowers…even the hostas are attacked. Occasionally, the wild vines make their way onto the trellis over my front sidewalk joining with the clematis as if trying to hide.

Today I glimpsed a very persistent vine growing up the side of my office window. Come on, really? Must they even invade that space?

Then I began to wonder how different we would be if we persevered despite all the obstacles we encounter. Too many times we give up, or sit back and allow depression and gloom to pull us down. We should take a lesson from these wild morning glories. They don’t give up. They continue to find places to grow and thrive and share their beauty with the world.

I left a vine growing on the fence a few weeks ago and it has given me great joy in the lovely purple blooms.
What if we had the heart and the faith to never give up hope? We could take a lesson in perseverance from these beautiful vines and spread our arms to the Son, blooming and growing under His care.

From now on I plan to be more like these wild morning glories.

“Not only so, but we also rejoice in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope.” ~ Romans 5:3-4

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