The Rose Garden
When you see a rose first budding, you are looking at it in its youthful stage of life. Only when it’s fully mature, will you be able to see it in full bloom, capturing the beauty from the depth of its color. What causes the rose to bloom into a beautiful flower is the heat from the sun and the storms to water it. After the sun has provided much heat and the storms provide the water, it blooms, giving off a wonderful fragrance. We are to be the fragrance of Christ to our world. (II Cor. 2:15) Before we can be much of a fragrance, God requires that we go through heat and storms, otherwise known as the trials of life. When we actively look to God, trying to capture the lesson He is trying to teach us through those storms, we become a rose — giving off the fragrance of our Christ to those around us.
You can’t help but notice the thorns on a rose bush. One thorn may tear into another branch on the rose bush, destroying it. Many times, we will find that the thorns in other people may try to destroy us. While that can be very hurtful to us, we must also realize that we can’t have beauty without enduring pain in the process. Gazing upon my Savior, I can’t help but notice the pain He endured to become the Rose of Sharon to me. The fragrance of His love is unending. It lifts my spirit on the darkest of days because He never fails to remind me that just as He endured much pain to bring about something so wonderful, He will use the very pain I endure and make something beautiful from it. And sister, He will do the same for you.
© 2004, Stacy R Miller