Thorns and Roses

Romans 8:18 For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us.

Gazing upon the beauty of a fully bloomed rose gives way to little thought of the thorny stem upon which it is suspended.  One can become so enraptured by the magnificence of the flower that the stem is barely noticeable.

Imagine with me for a moment that the beautiful rose bloom could speak to us as we admired it in all of its glory and splendor. Would it speak of the fact that what we see now is not how it has always been? Would it testify of its beginning stages buried in darkness and obscurity?

Perhaps it would speak of the years of waiting for the day when its full beauty would be applauded by those who nurtured, watered and fed it in anticipation of something greater.  I believe one thing is profoundly true, the rose does have a voice which speaks to those of us who understand what is meant by Romans 8:18.  It tells us that our latter shall be greater than our beginning.

Ephesians 2:10 For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.

There are those of us who can barely wrap our finite minds around how our loving Father could make something beautiful out of the mess we made of our lives. We look back at where we’ve come from to where we are today with great joy over the miraculous works of our Lord; He has truly given us beauty for ashes.

The thorny stem upon which our life is mounted reminds us of our process and how our God, takes the risk of piercing Himself when handling us, shaping us into the His own image.  It is His faithfulness to His covenant of love with us which makes Him committed to making and molding us though He is fully aware of our propensity to fail Him.

See my friend, God graciously reveals His goodness to us not because of our own effort and ability to be righteous, but because of His own great love for us.  The Father extended His loves to us before we knew Him and while we were still living life striving to fulfill our own selfish desires. We only have the capacity to love Him now because He first loved us. [1 John 4:19]

Psalm 103:16-17 For the wind passeth over it, and it is gone; and the place thereof shall know it no more. But the mercy of the Lord is from everlasting to everlasting upon them that fear him, and his righteousness unto children’s children; 

The fragility of the rose petals should be a constant reminder to us of how dependent we must be upon The Father to sustain us in all seasons and conditions of life.  Life on earth is fleeting, but living is eternal.  We should endeavor to maintain an eternal prospective about everything we encounter as we walk through our destined paths.  The petals speak to how temporal our lives on earth are and screams of our need to hunger and thirst for eternal glory.

The end of the matter is this my dear one; as children of God, we will encounter happy and joyous times as well as times of difficulty and struggle.  As we journey through these times we must keep in mind that the glory which will be revealed in us is beyond comparison with anything we face.

God is all good all the time.  These words from Dr. Belinda John have encouraged me through some very thorny circumstances over the past few years, perhaps they will be a blessing to you as well; “your circumstance will never change or dictate how good God is”.  

Precious Father, we are ever grateful for the loving care You show us especially during the times we feel most undeserving.  In Your great wisdom You allow us to experience the thorns of life so that the magnificence of Your glory will shine for all to see. Help us, O Lord, to embrace every part of our process that in the end we will hear well done.  Now Father, help us to remember that it’s the thorny stem that lifts the magnificence of rose bloom to its position of glory, in Jesus name, Amen.

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Natalie B. Green

Natalie B. Green is a native of Miami, Florida where she currently serves alongside her husband, Pastor James A. Green, Jr. at Heart of God Ministries Church. She is devoted to her husband and daughter, Melody as well as to the call of God on their lives to minister to hurting people. She desires to motivate the Body of Christ to develop an up-close and personal relationship with the Lord through a revelation of who God is and the uniqueness of His love for them. Pastor Natalie ministers the Word of God by the power of the Holy Spirit at her home church as well as other church functions and women’s events. In addition, she produces a periodic E-Newsletter entitled Inspirations with Natalie Green. Her endeavor is to be an encouragement to the Body of Christ at large and inspire them to fulfill their God-ordained purpose in the earth.

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