One of the things that I love about our house is wisteria vines that line the barbed wire fence in the front yard. It’s clear that the property was well-loved based on the dozens of bulbs and trees that were planted years ago. This wisteria plant is no different. The roots are deep, the trunk is thick, and the vines have trellised for yards and yards.
While this wisteria vine is beautiful with its lush leaves and gorgeous purple flowers, there’s one small wisteria wisp that is even more precious to me. It’s small. It’s tender leaves and vines are barely two feet tall. To my knowledge, it’s never bloomed purple blossoms.
Why is this little wisp so perfect for me? It’s from Erin’s oldest daughter, McKenna’s Florida house. This perfect little wisp was dug up by the roots, carefully wrapped in wet paper towels, and transported to Alabama in a bucket during the aftermath of Hurricane Michael’s wrath on McKenna and Indy’s house in the panhandle.
This perfect little vine that I’ve been carefully nurturing for a year and a half is standing tall this spring. Yesterday, I had to provide ties to give it support on a decorative light pole. As I worked to train this little vine, I was able to think about how these two examples of wisteria vines are so much like my knowledge of the Bible.
There are times that I’m strong in the knowledge of some verses or stories. That knowledge has been nurtured for years and is like a thick wisteria trunk supporting vines running for yards and producing fruit.
There are other times that I’m small and tender in knowledge (if I’m honest, this is waaaaaaay more frequent than me being strong in knowledge). That little vine represents new knowledge that is being tended to by a loving Father in the hopes that through the years it will grow stronger and stronger…. eventually producing flowers.
One day, my little “McKenna” wisteria vine will grow into a big flower producing machine. Each year it will be a reminder of my extended family and how we support one another. More than that, it will also remind me to stay focused on the continuous learning of God’s Word. Each day I know I need to keep watering it, tending to it, strengthening it with support, and loving on it. I can’t wait to see the McKenna flowers!
“I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.” John 15:5 (NIV)