Lessons from the Honeysuckle

This wasn’t supposed to happen.  The honeysuckle is supposed to stay green all winter long.  It always has.

We have this wonderful hedge of honeysuckle.  It’s the fence between us and our neighbors.  If good fences make good neighbors… then delightful fences make delightful neighbors.  Absolutely love our neighborhood!  Anyway, we have this 300 foot hedge of fragrant blossoms and always-green leaves, and it’s just one my very favorite things.

Earlier this month it turned to brown crunch.  The serious deep freeze was just more than it could take… at the time.  We wondered if it would have to come back from the roots.  And then the wind howled like gangbusters yesterday.  Some of that “blue velvet” wind.  So the crunchy blown leaves ended up somewhere in West Texas, and the entire hedge is now a scraggly skeleton.

But upon closer inspection this morning, I find that the twisted limbs are filled with wonderful, new, healthy, baby green leaves.  I think the hedge will be more beautiful this spring and summer than ever before.

The analogy goes without saying, doesn’t it?  The storms of life “aren’t supposed to happen”… but they keep right on coming, sometimes one after another.  It’s the way of the world.  It rains on the just and the unjust.  But God, who started a good work in us, will be faithful to complete it.

If you’re going through a storm, I’m so sorry.  But I believe you’ll come back stronger and more beautiful.  Keep the faith.

2 Corinthians 4:16-18 is just grand.  I’ll paraphrase a bit, and I hope you’ll go read it from your favorite version.  “Let’s not lose heart.  Outwardly we may be wasting away, but inwardly we’re renewed day by day.  These light and momentary troubles help us achieve an eternal glory that outweighs them all by far.  So… don’t fix your eyes on what you can see… it’s temporary.  Fix your eyes on eternity.”

16 Responses to “Lessons from the Honeysuckle”

  1. Pam says:

    Thank you for this on this particular day…I needed it! Also, I have such wonderful memories of sitting on the porch swing at the house I grew up in and smelling the honeysuckle on those starry summer nights! Wonderful memories!

  2. Sandy says:

    A sweet reminder for us all.

  3. Sue Moore says:

    Ah, Sandy~
    Some of my favorite verses, and so well described by your application lesson from the honeysuckle.
    God blesses me through you.
    M. Sue

  4. Sandy says:

    That passage from 2nd Corinthians was speaking to me today! Thanks Sue!

  5. bette says:

    What an absolutely beautiful analogy, Sandy! Adversity does indeed give us strength. Nature can teach us so many lessons if we only take time to listen! Thank you for sharing!

  6. Sandy says:

    Don’t you love the way God speaks to us through His creation!

  7. Betty Williamson says:

    Another lovely posting, Sandy. My dad used to always remind me that these nasty old sandstorms do indeed usher in spring and often give those leaves just the nudge they need. I was walking through my yard this morning and saw lots of green blades of grass that had appeared yesterday. Thank goodness we are rewarded for surviving the storms!

  8. lawanda calton says:

    A good lesson and beautifully written! Your honeysuckle will be glorious!

  9. Sandy says:

    Giving the leaves just the nudge they need. I like that!

  10. Sandy says:

    Thanks! And it will all be glorious before we know it!

  11. Linda Davis says:

    We love our wonderful honeysuckle hedge and we love our wonderful neighbors!

  12. Sandy says:

    I’m always wishing I had a “like” button for the comments. Thanks Linda!

  13. Lezlie Privett says:

    Awww…I LOVE THIS!! You are truly blessed to be a blessing!!

  14. Sandy says:

    Thanks Lezlie… another one of my delightful neighbors! What a kind thing to say!

  15. chas. says:

    Indeed, indeed, we need to be reminded, so it seems, of the blessings of calm and peace and it often takes adversity (wind & sand) for us to REALLY be the thankful and appreciative people we SHOULD be all the time. Thank you, Sandy……. Wake up and smell the …. honeysuckle.

  16. Sandy says:

    Well said Charles. My neighborhood is not only delightful… it’s filled with great writers!

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