In our yard there is a large brick wall. For years this wall was barren, ugly and old. One Mother’s Day the girls bought me 6 small ivy plants. We divided them evenly and planted them at the base of that wall. For two years there was no noticeable difference, the ivy appeared to be the same size as when we planted it. The third year it began to grow a little and extend on the wall. But after that initial growth, there was a period where it seamed impossible that the ivy would cover that drab wall. The fifth year the ivy exploded with growth and covered the entire wall. Today, extending in all directions, we struggle to keep the growth contained.
Many times our lives seem like that old wall; drab & unattractive. Our christian walk does not flourish as we would like. Let us not give up hope, but instead be faithful. Faithful to refresh our spirit with nourishing water from His Word. Spend time in His presence, allowing our spiritual roots to grow deep in Christ. Choosing to live this way we will have no choice but to change. His character will grow big and beautiful within us. And one day, after years of drawing close to Him, Christ will cover all our drab parts and beautifully display His presence in our lives in such a way that we can not contain Him.