Ivy is one of my favorite plants for many reasons. However, the trait that I find most appealing is its tendency to endure.
You can pull it up by the roots and think it’s gone. But look around a few months later and there it is once more!
Ivy’s roots dig deep.
Its grasp is tenacious.
We must also dig deep and hold fast to God who sustains us that we may overcome our trials and not be overcome by them.
Many times when we feel like we are barely holding on, we are straining to hold on to everything but God. People and things will always fall short of what we really need, but our God is mighty to save, yet not always in the ways we would hope or think.
And then there are times our disappointment arises not because we aren’t holding fast to God, but rather because we expect deliverance from our trials instead of allowing God to fortify us through them.
Our perceived hardships may in fact, facilitate the blessings we desire.
Our personal fires can mold us into the people God intended all along and even burn out a few faults in the process!
One sign of maturity is when we can weather our droughts and storms with the confidence that God is larger than whatever it is that looms over us. When we place our hope in Him instead of ourselves, it is then that we find peace and are blessed.
We each have a purpose and a race to run that is ours alone.
Some things you may be hoping for or working toward may seem at a standstill. Yet, don’t dare give up on your dreams!
If you endure.
My ivy grows slowly, yet it continues to grow…
“Indeed we count them blessed who endure. You have heard of the perseverance of Job and seen the end [intended by] the Lord—that the Lord is very compassionate and merciful.” James 5:11
“Therefore we also, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares [us], and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us.” Hebrews 12:1 NKJV