Dec 28, 2007

The Frail Rose

Originally posted 7:44am Sunday, Apr 15 on Facebook

Hey guys, I am posting this because I make reference to it in the next part of the series (which should be posted very soon) and it seems that I have found several old posts that I never transferred to blogger :)

PS - For once, the first three pics are not mine...

Roses have thorns for protection, yet sometimes they prick the gardener, who is the very one sent to care for the rose. It is true that there are many laborers in a garden, yet the true gardeners are very wise in their dealings. A wise gardener considers how to care for the rose so as not to damage it, which is the primary goal, yet not be pricked when he handles it. Sometimes his wisdom may be mistaken as weakness, yet it is not. Instead, it is a reservoir of strength, applied when and how it is appropriate. A general laborer tromping through a garden may seem strong to the rose, yet he is also the most dangerous.

It is interesting and sad that so often, it seems, these frail roses regard the apparent strength of a foolish laborer, yet ignore the hidden strength of a wise gardener!

A poorly skilled person must boast in his abilities. His strength is constantly displayed, boasting of something greater than what is! A skilled person has no need to speak. Only in necessity is his strength revealed!

May the frail rose not perish for its thorns, but trust the gardener and receive healing, strength, and protection!

May I be a wise gardener in my dealings with others; emulating Christ, who is The Wise Gardener!

Proverbs 18:14 The spirit of a man will sustain his infirmity; but a wounded spirit who can bear?

Isaiah 42:3 A bruised reed He will not break And a dimly burning wick He will not extinguish

Proverbs 21:23 He who guards his mouth and his tongue, Guards his soul from troubles.

Proverbs 15:2 The tongue of the wise makes knowledge acceptable, But the mouth of fools spouts folly.

Proverbs 2:2-5 Make your ear attentive to wisdom, Incline your heart to understanding; For if you cry for discernment, Lift your voice for understanding; If you seek her as silver And search for her as for hidden treasures; Then you will discern the fear of the LORD And discover the knowledge of God.

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