Have you ever heard of the Kudzu plant? Brought to America from Asia in the early 19th Century, this fast-growing vine was considered an invasive species. The plant is able to grow up to a foot a day and monopolizes resources around it to allow for such accelerated growth. While farmers initially dreaded the Kudzu plant for its' impact on the environment, the Kudzu plant actually has some redeeming qualities.
The Kudzu plant can still grow during times of drought when many other plants shrivel up due to lack of water. During droughts the Kudzu plant produces a grape-scented pollen that local bees can use to create a purplish-red honey with a distinct grape flavor. Kudzu plants can also be used in animal feed, clothing, and some medicines.
I think the Kudzu plant is a great illustration of the challenges we can face in life. Often times when we are initially faced with hardship, we are upset and frustrated. As time passes we can see how God used those hardships for good to help strengthen our faith.
“Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.” – James 1:2-4
Devotion adapted from DaySpring “Set Your Mind on Things Above” Devotional