A Soft Heart Surrounded by Thorns

Detail of a rose from "Remember Me," a painting about communion.  The red rose symbolizes the forgiveness of Christ.

Detail of a rose from “Remember Me,” a painting about communion. The red rose symbolizes the forgiveness of Christ.

“Wait!” she yelled!  “There’s a flower!!”  My husband and I were pruning our roses yesterday.  The sun would peek out momentarily providing a ray or two of warmth and then the clouds would quickly overshadow the light and we would again feel the chill of a February morning.  As we battled the overgrown thorny stalks and tossed them in the wheelbarrow, a single red bloom had survived.  Our little granddaughter noticed the spot of beauty amid the cuttings and ran to its rescue.  She carefully cradled the rosebud and scurried into the house placing it in a miniature vase and hydrated its stem in the water.  Beaming she proudly placed her little treasure on the blue and white tiled kitchen countertop.

How often in the ‘cleaning out’ of life do we miss the rosebuds?  Why this fragile little flower made it through the season of frost, rain and occasional hail I do not know.  Funny how sometimes delicate things can sometimes persevere through adversity without losing their tenderness.  The Apostle Paul said, “We are pressed on every side by troubles, but we are not crushed.  We are perplexed, but not driven to despair.”  (II Corinthians 4:9 NLT)

Oh, to be like that rosebud that the sweet little girl with watching eyes rescued!  Troubles are going to come.  Life is going to have some difficult passages.  But to persevere with a soft heart – therein lies the beauty.

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