Wild Black Raspberries

Normally I love plants. Cute little ones with pretty flowers, Grand exotic ones with flowers that belong in Hawaii, odd looking ones with irregular shaped leaves. I can be found wandering for hours in the rows of plants in greenhouses.  Plants are cool, except when they invade my carefully thought out space! 

Last year out of no where this plant started growing. At first I thought it was one of my flowers so I left it alone until it started to choke some of my plants. That's when I grabbed the clippers and started whacking away!  Then just to be sure, I poured weed killer all over it!  "That will get rid of it, try and take over my garden!", I proudly proclaimed and walked away. A week later the plant is still alive and some of my shrubs have turned brown! Frustrated that this thorny bush keeps coming back, I resigned myself to just cutting it back, and getting scratched every time I was near it. 

That was last year. In the spring my plants began to push through the soil and once again, up shot this prickly thorn in my side! I decided to let it grow and see what would happen. After it took over one of the plants it began to blossom and then a tiny fruit developed. I had a wild black raspberry bush! I decided to embrace this plant as one of my own and enjoy it's delicious fruit. 

Things may not be as pretty and beautifully planned in the garden as I had wanted but they are definitely tasty! I found this recipe for Paleo Wild Black Raspberry muffins  It may be a great way to use some of my berries!

  • What did I learn?

I don't like it when trials come! I often will try to take them out just like the raspberry bush, clipping away and often getting scratched up! These verses have helped me see that trials can have a positive outcome in my life.

  • Trials are a normal part of our lives
Dear friends, do not be surprised at the fiery ordeal that has come on you to test you, as though something strange were happening to you. I Peter 4:12

  • Trials won't break you
No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to mankind. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can endure it. I Corinthians 10:13
  • Trials have a purpose
Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, 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

Father, focus us on your will in the midst of trials. Show us your loving hand as we walk through difficult times. Thank you for the fruit that can come from unexpected places.


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