Green, Ivy, Grow
It has a rhythm to it, doesn’t it? Sounds a bit like Ready, Set, Go? Good. Glad that you thought so too!
For some time my eyesight had slipped to a point that I no longer could hand stitch. My good retina specialist, has given me a measure of sharpness back. In the last four months I have been able to thread needles again and am able to do stamped embroidery once again. Currently, I am working on a pair of pillow slips. The color guide seemed boring to me so I gave it some variety! Not just one green for leaves, and foliage on the slips. Many shades of green make it much lovelier. After all, when I look out from my front window, I see many varieties of green. Each tree has not only identifiable leaf shapes, but also green colors. If a biologist were reading this he would correct me: chlorophyll. (Yes, I depended on spell check for that one!)
Sitting just off my back step is a rectangular concrete planter filled with ivy. Somehow it survived our Indiana drought. That ivy started with a small plant of ivy I moved here from Tennessee. That plant was started from a sprig of ivy that someone put in a bud vase with a single rose. It sat in my kitchen window until it had roots, and then I moved it outside. In two years it grew into an ivy bed that defied weeds. When I moved, I cut off two or three sprigs, and started over. Now that it has generously rained, I’ll move part of it to a place where I need ground cover. One sprig in a bud vase for filler started it all!
II Peter 3:18 challenges those whom Peter called, beloved. Actually the verse finished a sentence started in verse 17. “. . . grow in grace and the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.” Peter was concerned about growth, as he used the same word for grow in I Peter 2 when he compared growth to “newborn babes, desire the sincere milk of the Word that ye may grow thereby.”
I want to be like that ivy sprig! Don’t stop me! Let me be a ground cover that defies sin! Join me. Grow, Christian, Grow!