Gardening season is here again and I just read a post by Kara about the unfolding of the rose. This poem is never heard by me without it bringing to mind the message preached by Bro. V. Morton "Just let it unfold". The first time I heard this message was at a little church we rented just off of 14st. for a conference many years ago and I have heard it many times since. It has been a tremendous blessing to me. The message was of course born through much suffering on the part of Bro Morton.
I got to thinking about the process of the blooming flowers we are about to once again enjoy. Many of them, especially the ones that survive year after year, have once again come through the hard, cold winter. They have had to die off each fall and lay dormant for a while, then they have to get the rain, improvements to the soil have to be added, and the soil must be broken up. Finally the sun comes out and they break into bloom and are beautiful once again. Often during the spring or fall they also have to suffer the pruning process, the cutting away of useless and dead branches or just branches that hinder it from being shaped just right.
In our lives, (the Bible says we are the planting of the Lord) we also have to go through these times of drought, cold wintery days, breaking of the soil of our hearts, prunings and finally the days of sun shine come again. In order to be the beautiful flowers God intends our lives to become, we must endure and survive all of these times. The key is to Let God Unfold The Rose!! Let His hands do the work in our lives. He is the master gardener!
For all of you who love to garden, enjoy this time of year and let it be a time of renewing of your minds and refreshing of your hearts.