Killer Kudzu

12 Sep

North Georgia kudzu

Kudzu is native to Japan and China, however it grows well in the Southeastern United States. Kudzu is a vine that when left uncontrolled will eventually grow over almost any fixed object in its proximity including other vegetation. Kudzu, over a period of several years will kill trees by blocking the sunlight and for this and other reasons many would like to find ways to get rid of it. —http://www.jjanthony.com

Kudzu kills by strangling, and yet it is a strangely attractive mass murderer.  When I lived in North Georgia, I loved to drive past the sculptural shapes created by kudzu.  Early in the morning, covered with dew, the tendrils seemed  as if they were raising their heads to see what to devour next.

I picture the Enemy doing the same.  What can I scare her about next?  Acid rain? Her marriage never changing? Kidnapping?  I picture him trying to put us in a stranglehold of fear.

Lands infested with kudzu are generally good for only one purpose — growing kudzu. In order to convert kudzu sites to productive forest or cropland, total eradication is a necessity. The landowner should be warned that this involves a long-term commitment in time and money. Because of its rapid growth (up to 60 feet per year), a single surviving kudzu plant can spread and re-infest a site within a few growing seasons. –www.clemson.edu

Getting rid of fear will not take a lot of money, but it does take consistent discipline to keep our eyes on Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith.  If we are not consistent (and I’m speaking to myself here) our fears, much like the kudzu, will begin to take over again.  Every time our eyes begin to look at fear, we need to put them on the one who paid the price for our salvation and who wants us to live in peace.

Grace and peace be yours in abundance through the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord. 2 Peter 1:2

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