The Rose

I’m not much of an animal person. I’m not a dog lover, a cat lover, nor do I even have a favorite animal. I tried to pick one a couple of years ago. I picked the Polar Bear…I think it’s because when it is clean, it is so white. I like clean, more than I like animals! But I do love trees, flowers, the sky, clouds, and rainbows. I love a beautiful sunset, or the color of fall leaves especially with the sun shining through them. That’s when I see God the most in nature.

Sitting in our new living room, I don’t have much a view. What can be seen, is mostly a tree, the back part of the neighbor’s house, and a little bit of sky. It’s not that there’s not a view; it’s that from where my chair is positioned, I don’t see a lot of it. But there is something that I do see right now, and that is a red rose. It has blossomed within my view. This morning I was finally able to sit there alone with the Word of God, and spend some time really appreciating that rose. It’s perfect, and it’s beautiful, as it sits up high and tall in the window. I was still long enough to really thank God for His goodness and love in placing it there. God is such a God of perfection, and He knows us so well. I believe if we will be still with Him, He will show us many things about the care He has for His children. It’s a shame if we miss Him, but many times we do because life moves fast, and life can be hard. It can be very distracting to the ways that God is tending to us each day.

Last week was a tough week. There was a lot to do, there was also sickness to tend to, and doctor appointments to keep. There was frustration, and lack of sleep. Hence, I had to give myself a good talking to in the mirror. (See the last SAND Room I shared.) But this morning, I was once again reminded that tough times don’t last, that God is faithful, and when we give ourselves a “time out” with Him, He can help us see what’s most important in life…Him. His gift of eternal life through Jesus Christ should shape our every day. This life on earth is simply a small step. Most of our steps will be in Heaven when we believe. Oh, how we need to remember that when the days here are hard, lonely, and desperate.

My best friend, Deb, said she might bring me a bird feeder when she comes to visit from Florida later this month. I told her no bird feeder…I would let God feed the birds. She knows me. She understands. And then this morning, as I sat looking at that rose, a hummingbird came and peeked through the front window for a bit, just hovering there. It then made its way over to the rose, did its thing, and then flew off. I saw God feed His bird, and my heart was happy. Not only had God placed a red rose in my view, tending to my needs, but He also tended to the hummingbird’s needs within my view, too. We serve such a satisfying and loving God.

Searching And Noticing the Divine many times will happen only in the stillness of a moment. Jesus provided so much through His death and resurrection, but many miss Him today because we are so busy. As I read this morning in Luke 23 about Jesus’ trip to the Cross, and the women who were wailing, it was interesting how He told them not to weep for Him, but for themselves and their children. He said if men do this when the tree is green, what will they do when it is dry? Jesus was fresh and new on the scene then. I pray we never let the Good News He brought to us over 2,000 years ago dry up and fade away in our busyness. It can be new and fresh each morning, if we will only spend some time with Him and believe.

“Do not let your hearts be troubled. You believe in God; believe also in me.
John 14:1 (NIV)