Are you allowing God to prune the sin from your life? (Writer's Opinion)
By Carol Round, Special to ASSIST News Service (Writers Opinion)
CLAREMORE, OK (ANS – May 31, 2015) -- “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God”—Romans 3:23 (HCSB).
you’ve ever seen a wisteria vine, especially in bloom, you know its
charms are almost impossible to resist. That’s what drew me to purchase
one about four years ago. When I first saw the beautiful lavender
flowers on the vines wrapped around an arbor in a neighbor’s yard, I
knew I had to have one.
I succumbed to the beauty of the blooms dangling from the vines.
Mesmerized, I couldn’t wait to have one growing over the arbor in my own
backyard. After purchasing one at a local garden center, I hurried home
to plant the woody, climbing vine. However, I soon discovered this
invasive plant has a mind of its own.
In an article by Jeanne Rostaing called, “Wisteria: A Dangerous
Beauty (Are You Tempted?),” she says, “You are not the first to succumb.
Marco Polo was an early conquest. He brought wisteria seeds out of
China in the 13th century. But you would be wise to take the time to get
to know this beauty before you commit to her. Like a Jezebel, she will
steal your heart and then, after you are weakened and besotted with
love, she will set about to dominate your garden and, if possible, your
house. Take this caveat to heart: she is fully capable of attempting to
murder your other plants.”
While the wisteria has not taken over my house, it dominates my arbor
and the corner of the backyard where it is planted. Even if I had known
how much work this plant takes to maintain, I would still have planted
it because I love working in my yard. The resulting beauty of my labor
is worth the efforts I expend.
On a recent Saturday, I was, once again, pruning my wisteria.
Rostaing says, “Buy yourself a heavy-duty pair of pruning shears
because, if you do plant wisteria, you will need to become a virtuoso
pruner.” I’ve definitely become a master at pruning this wild, but
As I pruned that day, I was once again amazed at how fast the vines
had curled around my fence posts, the wooden swing hanging underneath my
arbor and everything else close enough for its tentacles to grasp.
Snipping away with my pruning shears, I began to compare my vine with
Romans 3:23 says, “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of
God.” Little things we might not consider sin—cheating on our taxes,
not speaking up when we receive too much change back at the store, not
telling the whole truth, judging others because they’re different from
us, envying what others have or the way they look, and the list could go
on—but if not kept in check, they can become as invasive as the
wisteria vines threatening to take over my yard.
If we avoid our faults, we can’t deal with them. When we face our
personal issues with honesty, seeking God’s help with the pruning, we
can live a life pleasing to Him.
Photo captions: 1) Wisteria treees. 2) Carol Round.
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