The Persistent Tree

full bloom“Some of your greatest blessings come with patience.” (Warren Wiersbe)

Four and a half years ago, this beautiful wisteria was removed from our backyard because it had grown too large and heavy to remain. My hubby had tied it to a huge 4×4 post and trimmed it faithfully into such beauty.

Wisteria, however, is very persistent. It grows underground and pops up in various places in the yard. It is supposed to grow along fences or other supports where it can twist and wind.

My hubby, however, made ours into a beautiful “tree.” Every spring it would sprout gorgeous hanging blooms which could take my breath away. Wisteria grows great in the south, but not so in Ohio. Yet with the nurturing care and patience of my husband, this awesome “tree” grew and thrived.

But one year, after my husband was too ill to care for it, the post gave way under all the weight and leaned at a 45 degree angle. We asked my son-in-law to cut it down. It was a sad day for me.

A year later, the roots began sprouting again. This time he dug deep into the ground to remove the stump.

The persistent tree hasn’t given up. Today, I still battle growths popping up all over the yard. I’m tempted to take out the vines growing on the privacy wall which hides the utility boxes and plant the wisteria there. I can see how beautiful it would be!

But my thumbs aren’t green like my beloved husband’s were. Still, if I can do it, I will. When I see it bloom again, I’ll see my beautiful Ron’s smile in each hanging blossom.

This reminds me of God’s patience with us. From 2 Peter 3:15 “Remember, our Lord’s patience gives people time to be saved.”

I’m praying you all have patience and persistence. Love with all your heart, remain faithful, love others, and pray persistently.

Blessings,

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