Ladysmith, British Columbia boasts a giant rhododendron that is 115 years old and the size of a small house. When in bloom it is a spectacular flowering plant that attracts attention from all over the world.
However, that same plant in other areas is a fearsome enemy. There are stories of rhododendron plants that like their climate too much. In the Knockmealdowns Mountains of Ireland, a couple got trapped in a forest of rhododendron and rescuers were in danger of simply trying to rescue the travelers. The forest is so thick that they couldn’t even hear each other five feet away.
The Irish parliament is discussing bringing in the army to battle the plants which are taking over a national park.
How is it possible that one plant can be so loved in one place and so despised in another?}
Obviously, the Irish climate is perfect for its growth. Or has the B.C one been trimmed and controlled over the years?
It’s rather like us, don’t you think? Maybe for years, we have been planting the seeds of faith with no explosive results. Maybe we are tired and worn out from the trial. Maybe it is time to move our seeding into another area, one ripe for growth.
“Whenever you enter a city or village, search for a worthy person and stay in his home until you leave town. When you enter the home, give it your blessing. If it turns out to be a worthy home, let your blessing stand; if it is not, take back the blessing. If any household or town refuses to welcome you or listen to your message, shake its dust from your feet as you leave. (Matthew 10:11-14, NLT)
Prayer- Lord, help us to know when enough is enough; when it is time to share our message of the Christ in a new place- for the success of the kingdom. Amen.