Stop and Smell the Roses

When life is handing us lemons, are we making sweet lemonade? How many do we know that are going through tough times right now? Too many! But how many do we know who are stopping to smell the roses along those bumpy roads? Probably not enough!

Today I was awaiting the arrival of a friend of mine. She is dealing with a lot right now, and I invited her over for prayer. She quickly accepted the invitation, and I was so glad to see her willingness to be prayed for. It’s hard when we are sad and hurting to reach out for help, or even accept help when it is offered. It is easier, sometimes, to isolate ourselves. When I thought I had caught a glimpse of her out the window, I was surprised when she didn’t arrive at the front door soon after. I wondered where she had gone? It wasn’t too long and I got a text, asking for my address. She hasn’t been here that many times, and something had distracted her and she had gotten lost. We have some beautiful trees on the walkway that lead to the front door of our condo, and she had stopped to take notice of them, and to take some pictures. The sky was so blue today, and the blossoms on those trees are breathtaking. In all her emotional pain, she could have easily missed God’s bouquet of love, but she didn’t. She stopped to appreciate it.

As we spent time talking, and praying, I was so encouraged by her. Too many times we get so bound up in our problems, we miss God’s blessings. Too many times we get so caught up in the bad stuff, we forget to thank God for the good stuff. We all do it, and that’s probably why there’s the story in the Bible of the ten lepers that were healed, and how only one came back to thank Jesus. God doesn’t harp on it, but He lets us know, “Hey, a thank you would be nice here! Anyone? Anyone?” Only one leper took the time.

Today, my friend thanked God for His bouquet by taking time to acknowledge its beauty. I’m sure Jesus was pleased to see that the peace He left us with was not going to waste—that someone was enjoying it in the midst of the storm. Isn’t beautiful peace in the midst of the storm when we need it most? Who needs peace on a perfect day, in a perfect place, during perfect circumstances? Do we acknowledge God on those days, thanking Him for the peace? We might be too busy enjoying ourselves to even notice. But on days when things are tough, and we need a friend to pray for us, taking the time to appreciate the love of God on display in the world He created has to please our Lord.

Let’s Search And Notice the Divine no matter what the day, no matter what the circumstances are, by stopping and “smelling the roses” along the way. When we do, our faith will make us well—the “scent” of our Lord can heal a broken heart.

Jesus asked, “Were not all ten cleansed? Where are the other nine?
Has no one returned to give praise to God except this foreigner?”
Then he said to him, “Rise and go; your faith has made you well.”

Luke 17:17-19 (NIV)