For three years now, I have battled wild Morning Glory vines in my back yard. They root deeper and grow faster than crabgrass. They grow beneath my barriers and up the stems of every plant I have, then choke the life out of them. I can weed them one day and they’ll be back with a vengeance the next day. I’ve even covered them in mulch in hopes of smothering them. I’ve dug, tossed and dug till I’m wearied with their continual growth. I was ready to give up and let them have their way in my flowerbeds. I was beginning to think that pristine beds of mums, daisies, lavendar and roses just aren’t worth my time or effort. Then I thought about myself.
What if God felt that way about me? Every time He weeds out something in my life, something else sprouts and begins to grow. I will never be perfect this side of heaven; none of us will. Yet, unlike me, God never gives up. Nor would He think of it. He knows what He wants to make of my life. He knows what He wants to accomplish through me. And He will dig till He gets to the root of my problems. He will weed out the things that seek to destroy His vision for me until I am complete.
“And I am convinced and sure of this very thing, that He Who began a good work in you will continue until the day of Jesus Christ [right up to the time of His return], developing [that good work] and perfecting and bringing it to full completion in you.” Philippians 1:6
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