Do you like beautiful and fragrant roses?

I do. We have several rose bushes in our garden. Sometimes I open our back door and I am almost taken aback with the fragrance. It elevates me into a joyful spirit.

When you study one of these roses up close, you will be amazed at how God created these gorgeous perennials. Sad to say, the flowers of these bushes are short-lived and die very quickly.

That is the way it can be with all our earthly greatness–we blossom for a bit and look very attractive; then before long our efforts drop and fall to the ground to be trodden on and wasted.

Wouldn’t you love to be as beautiful as a rose and spread your fragrance all over this world? You can…”for as He is so are you.” (1 John4:17) He is the Rose of Sharon and you are unique, patterned after Him. No matter where you are in your Christian life, you are His inheritance and He is your Father.)

Sometimes the roses need to be trimmed, trained, or even cut back. We all know that this process hurts, for we’d rather keep going the way we are and not have anybody touch us, let alone trim and cut us.

If the roses do not get the proper nutrition and plenty of water, they will dry up like the wilderness. Bugs, aphids and all sorts of diseases will attack them. But, the roses will be happy as young children when they are fed and nourished.

I am sure you get the picture here. Keep yourself under the care of the one and only Gardener, the Lord Jesus, for He has planted you in His garden. Have Him nourish you with the water of the word and bring forth your blossoms and fruit with His care. At the same time, let Him dig up anything that is questionable and not pure. It will make you a sweet-smelling instrument that He can use in the garden of this world. Let Him remove the thorns from your life; people will then be able to touch or even hurt you without you hurting them back. He wants you to be His rose garden!

Isaiah 51:3: “…He will make her wilderness like Eden, And her desert like the garden of the Lord; Joy and gladness will be found in it, Thanksgiving and the voice of melody.”

 

IMG_3476We have a picture here of some pink roses, drawn by yours truly. I hear the Lord say, “My care and training in your life will bring an avalanche of blessings you will find hard to contain. You are in a period in your life where I desire for you to yield to My handiwork and sometimes bitter probing. Do not squirm or run away from this process, but rather yield. It is out of My heart that I am deeply caring for you, for I love you. Blossom where I have planted you. Your fragrance is sweet to My nostrils”

 

 

 

 

 

 

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