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Monday, October 1st, '18

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IVY

"Your wife shall be as a fruitful vine by the sides of your house..." (Psalm 128:3)

 

When I read David's description of the wife, which is the biblical pattern for all wives, from a man's point of view, I have to recoil just a little. She is "as a fruitful vine", so far so good, "by the sides of your house". That pictures vines or ivy working its way like tentacles up one sidewall, down the gutters and around the perimeter until the ivy finally takes over the whole house. Wives are like that. They won't stay out in a flowerpot; they have to get into everything. But that was the divine design. They were made that way, I suppose, for the protection of the whole clan. Moms want to know everybody's business. Like a vine, they weave through every room, tapping air roots and wrapping around every fixture. Guys, you won't want to hide any personals. She has a way of getting to the bottom of things, as well the top.

 

As intrusive as a wife can be I don't mean to infer that the ivy is poison ivy. Her need to know is because she needs to know. The woman came from man, from Adam. She feels incomplete when not included in her husband's, and I might add, children's world, because she longs for that original Garden oneness and she may keep badgering until she has the facts. Notice, she is as a "fruitful vine". Intoxication comes from the "fruit of the vine". A woman sweetens a home, adds a flavor, humor and majesty that is missing in the bachelor world. Of course, not every woman is Miss Entertainer of the Year but a vine implies many shoots, offshoots, branches and clusters of berries. She has been planted in the home to a large degree to turn water into wine, blandness into bliss. The metaphor before us also implies that she has roots. The NKJV says that she is like a fruitful vine "in the very heart of your house", that is, she is a stable, rooted, source of strength for everyone that calls the house home.

 

David certainly was never a man dominated by wives. He was a warrior and wouldn't have tolerated for one-minute poison ivy vines taking over his castle. So as he writes warmly in this psalm of, most likely, Bathsheba's matriarchal shoots we can assume that this is as God desires the home to be. Mom gets her fingers into our private stuff for our own safety. It used to aggravate me as a teenager that I couldn't hide my cigarettes from Mom no matter how crafty my attempts. The Bible says that the Holy Spirit "searches all things, yea, the deep things of God" (1 Corinthians 2:10). A discerning wife or mother becomes the extension of that probing Mind. They say you can't fool Mother Nature, well, you can't fool mother anything. That is for our good. If I can't find some tool, shirt or whatever, be sure my wife knows where it is. Like a wild directionless vine her file system has neither rhyme nor reason, still she has every detail under perfect control. We men need not try to figure that out, just trust and rest in it. The house is safe under the "shadow of his wings"? Uh, amend that, her wings.


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