“Kudzu Plant”

            According to and others, the Kudzu plant was introduced to the United States in 1876.  It was thought to be a savior crop.  Animals would eat it, so it could be planted as forage, and at the same time its strong roots held the soil and prevented crop erosion.  The large leaves, pretty flowers and ease of growth appealed to gardeners as well, and by the late 1930s many towns had a Kudzu Club to encourage propagation of the Japanese wonder plant.

            The vine found the climate in the southern U.S. to be most hospitable, and when left to grow unattended it would extend a foot or more per day.  Jokes abounded about having to close windows at night to keep the kudzu out.  By the 1970s it became the Scourge of the South, engulfing trees, houses and power lines.   Since 1876, it has been swallowing up the countryside at the rate of 50,000 baseball fields a year!

            Sometimes good intentions, acted on in haste, have unintended consequences.  Take time to ask the advice of others before planting “a good intention”.  Ask God to direct your heart and guide your actions.  Seek wisdom before sowing your personal “Kudzu” plant.  Consider the wisdom of Proverbs 15:22; “Plans fail for lack of counsel, but with many advisers they succeed.”

Pastor Mark