A Rose by Any Other Name
Sometimes, Life is just HARD!
Sometimes, there is no earthly reason why somethings happen. Like recently, our church lost a dear woman of God. Lost? Well, she’s not lost but rejoicing at His feet. But, isn’t that how we feel? We feel that we lost out on a real treasure and we want to shake our fists at the sky and ask, “what for?’
King Solomon wrote this famous passage towards the end of his life. He had it all. He was the wealthiest king Israel ever had. He asked and received the gift of wisdom and was probably the wisest person to ever live. He wrote these words …..
1 There is an appointed time for everything. And there is a time for every event under heaven—
2 A time to give birth and a time to die;
A time to plant and a time to uproot what is planted.
3 A time to kill and a time to heal;
A time to tear down and a time to build up.
4 A time to weep and a time to laugh;
A time to mourn and a time to dance.
5 A time to throw stones and a time to gather stones;
A time to embrace and a time to shun embracing.
6 A time to search and a time to give up as lost;
A time to keep and a time to throw away.
7 A time to tear apart and a time to sew together;
A time to be silent and a time to speak.
8 A time to love and a time to hate;
A time for war and a time for peace.
We serve a Sovereign God. He alone knows what will happen and there is nothing that passes Him unnoticed. Nothing surprises Him. He alone is sitting on the throne of eternity and He does know best. Even when it hurts. Especially when He calls someone precious to us to worship Him at His feet.
Someone I consider to be one of the wisest people I know, someone who loves the Lord deeply, grounded in God’s Word and someone I consider a mentor has said He was mad at God when he heard of our “Precious Rose” passing. Some people might find that heretical but I believe He is big enough to handle our anger, our confusion and angst when we lose someone. I bet He might even welcome it if it were to bring us closer in relationship with Him. He desires a freshness, a mask-free truth in our walk with Him. What can we hide from Him anyways? I found comfort in this. It only speaks more of what I learned from ‘our Rose.”
I have been writing on restoration and what I learned at that retreat came from this “rose”. She was one of the speakers and she opened her heart and spoke freely about all that Jesus has done for her and what He can do for each one who calls out to Him. She left an eternal mark on my heart. It’s time to be real. It’s time to be a rose.
Ever been to a wedding where the flower girl throws out rose petals? That is how this “Rose” lived out His grace around us. She was spread out, the fragrance of her life was sweet and there was always another handful of sweet-smelling grace to be thrown out so others could be blessed.
I have no wise and wonderful words on why God takes people home before their time… or better said, before we would say it’s time…only that He knows. He knows best. And there is a time for everything under the sun. But, I do know He has a purpose for each of us and He calls us all to shed those bugs and thorns and allow the dew of His presence to open the Rose that He created us to be. Let’s keep moving in our walks of restoration.