Wild Rose

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Last Saturday while moving a section of fence on our property I noticed that there was this wild rose bush. We have tried to kill the thing numerous amount of times. Just because it was growing in an inconvenient spot, the spot is right at the corner post of our fencing. What kind of fencing you ask well it is electric fencing for horses. You see the issue? It would eventually grow so big that it would ground out the current and render the fence useless.

So, as we removed the corner post and I saw this one small thorny green branch and thought, How in the world could you take all that uprooting and hacking and not die? Figuring that I would come out the next day and find it dead as a doornail.  That is not what I found to my surprise I found the wild rose bush doing just fine. As I looked at it again, I said: “Well, if you made it through THAT! Then grow little rose bush! In my books that one little stem deserved to grow!

As I stared down at this little thorny stem, I heard Jesus say to my heart, ” Kinda like you!” I giggled back and said in my heart ” I guess so, Lord.”  I looked back down and realized this little green, prickly, stem was a whole lot like me. Since Saturday I have been thinking about what Jesus said to me. I haven’t been able to get it off my mind. So I decided to look up all I could find about a wild rose bush. I mean who could blame me if Jesus is comparing me to it, I want to know the good, bad and the ugly!

I learned that a wild rose bush only blooms one time a year, those blooms typically only have five petals. The flowers are simple but stunning. Just like those rose bushes, we flourish in season. I love that these roses only have five petals, the number five represents grace in Hebrew.  It is the grace of God we bloom at all.

I also learned that these rose bushes are where we get all roses from. They are a completely original, you and I are original; there will never be another human like us.

1 Corinthians 12:25-28 English Standard Version (ESV)

25 that there may be no division in the body, but that the members may have the same care for one another. 26 If one member suffers, all suffer together; if one member is honored, all rejoice together.27 Now you are the body of Christ and individually members of it. 28 And God has appointed in the church first apostles, second prophets, third teachers, then miracles, then gifts of healing, helping, administrating, and various kinds of tongues.

In Verse 27 Now you are the body of Christ and individual members, you are original. Even though wild rose bushes can vary from white to pink, there are a million different hues, and each one is unique. We are all different, we have had different situations to create pigment in us. Those situations and circumstance are used to develop our personalities, they are what gives us our shade of color.

A wild rose doesn’t control its color or where it is placed, all the rose does is grow and wait to bloom.

I found out through my research that wild roses thrive on neglect and are exceptionally hardy, they can grow in poor soil, wet soil, good soil. How many times do people, jobs, friends neglect us but we have come to the understanding that even in the worse case scenarios our God never forsakes us. This makes us emotionally hardy to handle relationships, circumstances, loss and gain, sickness and health. I look at this beginning of a wild rose bush and realize that it is in rocky soil has been cut and abused. It has taken all that, and the little stem keeps coming back waiting to bloom. It has a purpose, it has roots deep down in the rocky soil.  Just like this wild shrub we are all planted in different lands, pastures, in dry places, in soaking wet areas, in urban and rural locations. We might not even like the places we are, but we are still there no matter how many times someone has taken a swipe and widdled us down to a nub. We always come back knowing that one day we will bloom and complete our purpose. In His timing and for His glory.

Amos 9:15 

I will plant them on their land, and they shall never again be uprooted out of the land that I have given them,” says the LORD your God.

You and I are planted purposefully and will not be uprooted out of the land that God has set us in. We don’t have to understand everything to remain. Once a wild rose bush is allowed to reach it’s full potential and blooms it not only is uniquely beautiful, but it leaves something vital behind, rose hips. These rose hips carry over into the winter months providing food for the birds.

Matthew 6:26 ESV

Look at the birds of the air: they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they?

Psalm 50:11 ESV
I know all the birds of the hills, and all that moves in the field is mine.

Every single bird, hill, and field is His. He knows exactly the time to allow us to bloom so that we can feed those around us. That our lives in full bloom leave necessary provisions for others to come and feed off of while in a winter season. A beautiful picture painted by God himself, that while we are growing. While God is sending the rain, sun, the wind.  Every single branch, stem, leaf, every bud we are strategically positioned to open and display His glorious grace. This grace was intended to give life to a searching heart, and a hungry soul that see’s the grace of God in the wild rose bush. In a God who purposed such a beautiful bloom to provide food for another soul.

Not for a second does the Father not see how many times we have been cut down, trampled, misused, abused, forgotten, weed-ridden, planted in poor soil, and neglected we have grown through it all, by the grace of God. We have grit and tenacity that only comes from the Holy Spirit.  I see now why Jesus said we were like wild rose bushes, growing in a pasture in a fence row, in poor conditions, in poor soil. We are hardy and exceptionally resilient.

No matter what comes, I am determined to bloom where I am planted so that my blooms will one day feed a hungry little bird searching for food. I want to be the vessel that God uses for that task. I am reminded more than ever when I am weak, I am strong. My current sufferings are not worth comparing to the glory in Christ Jesus that one day my face will behold.

Romans 8:18 ESV

For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory that is to be revealed to us.

2 Corinthians 12:9

But 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 of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me.

You can have peace

 

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I have found the one thing that drives me is the one thing that God refines me through. He has to sift through our imperfect love for Him to remold it into the perfect love He has for us. To bring us deeper into our calling or as I like to say our destiny (pre-determined, pre-ordained) by God alone.
Nothing can or will stop God’s plan for you except disobedience and unwillingness. So, if He planted it in your heart and gave you a vision for it; then He will be faithful to complete the good work that He has started in you. Keep your chin up! He is God! Choose to love Him and Him alone with your whole heart, soul, mind; determine your thoughts upon Him and the dream that He has planted. This page is just one part of that dream and longing that God planted in me.
Lord, I steady myself and find who I am in your presence. Nothing that you decree can or will be stopped. Psalm 62 says Find rest my soul, Find rest and, put your hope and trust in God. My help comes from you Lord! Empower and enable me to stay in your perfect will and align me with your perfect Word.

Lord, steady my heart and keep my focus on you. Lord, I will acknowledge you in all my ways, and you will direct me in your perfect ways. Lord, I trust you, and I want all of you, and I want to know your character more.
Lord, I want to be more active in sharing the gospel of Jesus Christ to a hurting world. Lord, I am asking that you would increase my wisdom, knowledge, and clarity of my mind. Lord, I thank you for the harvest for the crop belongs to you. I thank you for your favor and all the increase that you have blessed me with. Lord, let my thoughts be held captive by Jesus Christ. Thank you, Lord, for your plan for my life. Thank you for the goodness that we have through Jesus Christ. Thank you, Father, for being the Alpha and Omega. I ask all these things In Jesus Christ Mighty name Amen!

Today will you focus your mind upon Him and meditate on these two promises?
“For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and hope.”
Jeremiah 29:11 ESV

Understand that He has only a good plan for you, He does not intend evil or put wrong or dangerous upon you but, He gave you life, future, and hope.
Realize that the destiny that God planned specifically for us is trying to be counteracted by our enemy. So by listening to and being active in the call of God upon our lives, we will encounter trouble by letting our hearts take courage for Jesus has come, died, and is risen from the dead and is seated at the right hand of the Father in Heaven!

Here is the second scripture:

“I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world, you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.””
John 16:33 ESV

Let’s have peace in Him today, Let’s realize no matter what is coming against us it has no authority, and through Jesus and prayer, we can overcome all things through Jesus Christ! Praying for you all today to rest in Him and know that we all have a purpose, hope, and future