... The Rose and the Thorn ...
Are you in pain? Pain that seems never to go away?
Is the pain physical, mental, emotional, or spiritual? All of them?
Well then...Jesus is your answer!
Pain can be a, devastation for most people. However, if a person has to
live with, pain on a daily basis it is better to welcome the pain as a friend
rather than, an enemy. The word of God teaches us to love our enemies.
To befriend them so that they, can come to the saving grace of our Lord
and Savior Jesus Christ. Although pain cannot be saved by grace, the
point being, God's grace gives strength to the one who is suffering.
â€œBut I say to you who hear: Love your enemies,
do good to those who hate you,..." Luke 6:27-28
And He said to me, "My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made
perfect in weakness." Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my
weaknesses, so that Christ's power may rest on me..... That is why, for
Christ's sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in
persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, than I am strong.
2 Corinthians 12:9-10
Jesus never promised us a rose garden. He never said, our lives wouldn't
have thorns that could, hurt us. As a matter of fact, roses are beautiful
but you, have to be careful. A single, red, rose, is magnificent in beauty.
The person must be, aware of the, thorns when admiring it's beauty,
otherwise, you know what happens. Yes, the thorns can hurt you, just
like the thorns that caused our Sovereign Lord, much pain when they
pierced his head with the crown of thorns.
Recently, I was thrown for a loop when I heard, tragic news, that fell
upon our family. It left me unsteady on my feet. The worst part is that
I did not understand the reason "why" it, had occurred in the first place.
I asked the Lord why he would allow such a thing to happen. The Lord
in his, grace and, love towards me showed me that, life is a beautiful
thing. It may have thorns that can cause us, to bleed a little but in the
end those, very same thorns can be placed in our path as a, hedge of
thorns for our protection. Imagine yourself fully surrounded by the thorns
that caused the Lord much pain are the very ones, that are being used to
protect, you from all harm. Now, you can, gaze at a rose and it's thorns
and understand that the rose, is the flower of choice to represent love
and, it's thorns, are specifically representative of God's love for us. It brings
great comfort to the one who, is in pain to realize that we are not alone...
the, great comforter...the God, of all comfort is, right there by our side.
"Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of
compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our
troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort
we ourselves have received from God" 2 Corinthians 1:3-4
If you are in pain of any kind, try to remember that the cross of, Christ is
what helps us to be able to deny ourselves, take up our cross daily, and
follow him with an, undivided heart. The price was paid on Calvary's Cross.
once and for all.
Then He said to them all, "if anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny
himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow Me" Luke 9:23-25
Sovereign Lord, please cover the wounds of all those who are hurting, all
those suffering tremendous pain with your, anointing oil. The pain can
sometimes make the person feel isolated and alone. But Lord In the
desert of our pain You have placed a, reservoir of, healing living waters for
us, to draw from. All, we need to do is step into the pool and soak in the
healing waters. Thank You that your word says, "I will make the wilderness
a pool of water" Isaiah 41:18. The pool of Siloam where we can wash all
our pain and, afflictions, away and become whole again, John 9:11-13.
Thank you, Lord, for your, loving-kindness and merciful heart. May your
grace rest upon us, as we put, our hope in You. "But as for me, I trust in
YOU, O LORD; I say, YOU are my GOD" Psalm 30:14. "I will praise you,
O Lord my God, with all my heart; I will glorify your name forever"
Psalm 86:12. Every day I will praise you and extol your name for ever and
ever" Psalm 145:2. Thank you, Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Three in ONE,
I love and adore, you. In Jesus' name. Amen.
Then you will call, and the LORD will answer; you will cry for help,
and he will say: "Here AM I" Isaiah 58:9
"For nothing is impossible with God" Luke 1:37. All in His will, His way, His time, His purpose, and under His control. The Lord is so good.