Beauty surrounds us, but we usually need to be walking in a garden to know it - Rumi
Let me introduce you to one of my favourite plants in the garden, the clematis. We have four clematis plants growing in the garden, each a different variety and each in a different place. One attribute they share is that they are all enthusiastic climbers. In their haste to reach the sun they will twine their delicate tendrils round anything within reach whether it be it an arch, a wall or another plant for support. Indeed I have seen a neighbour’s clematis climb a utility pole and then make its way out along the wires over the street! The display they put on when they all come into bloom is quite dramatic.
The fact that they need the support of other plants illustrates two lessons to us. The first, I think is to ask ourselves, on whom do you rely for support in your journey through life? The answer will be a trusted friend or relative and here two Bible passages come to mind. The first is Jesus’ invitation to: ‘Come unto me all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest’ Matthew 11:28(KJV). The second reminds us that we are all members of God’s family for it reads: ‘Our Father in heaven, hallowed by thy name’. Matthew 6:9(KJV). Who can be more trustworthy than Our Father God? We know that we can confidently pray to Him and be assured He will be there for us.
The second question then must be who needs your support today?
Just as the clematis needs the help and support of others as she scrambles ever upwards, and as Christ supports you on your journey, for whom will you be Christ today?
I am an Authorised Local Preacher in an Anglo Catholic parish church, in the Diocese of Essex UK