In the past couple weeks, my rose bush has exploded. It needed a trim, but I didn’t want to trim it until the buds bloomed. With the cold snap, the bloom process slowed down. With all the rain, it has grown so much that I think it might try to come in my front door. A rose bush is such a beautiful thing. The blooms are so pretty but if you reach inside, you may get stuck with the thorns. My rose bush is taking over my entryway and needs to be cut back to allow for easier access to my front door and so that it doesn’t reach out and grab me every time I walk by. I know that it will also bloom much more after a proper trim. It made me think about how this applies to our life.
We all know people who may seem beautiful in some circles but we know them as a thorn who is always ready to stick someone with negativity. In my experiences with these kind of people, it is hard to look past their thorny presence but God tells us in Matthew 5:16 that we should be a shining light to others. We should be more like the rose and less like the thorn. So how do we handle thorny people and allow ourselves to be healthy bloomers?
- We must recognize whether we are a rosebud or a thorn. Are you positively blooming in your circle of the garden? Is your life representing the beauty of Christ or are you predominately a negative person which could be a thorn to someone else? Without Christ in our daily lives, we can tend to be the thorn. Pray each day that God would help you to be a beautiful rose so that people would see love and kindness instead of a thorn that would cut and bring others down.
- Maybe you are that small rosebud that is trying to bloom but you are always amongst thorns. Do you just immediately cut them all back and cut them out of your life? No, you wouldn’t trim every branch from a rose bush or there would be nothing left to bloom. The thorns protect the buds from animals that might just eat them. When we experience thorny people, we still must bloom in a way that shows them Christ. Negative people will try to overtake us but we must show them that the beauty of Christ is stronger than any negative person or action.
- Sometimes it is necessary to prune the parts of our lives that are out of control. If we are constantly among thorns, we need to get to a place where we are among more blooms so that we can multiply the beauty. Negative people can bring you down and cause you to become more like them. Soon you will go from being the rose to being the thorn. When we prune some of that out of our lives, we will be more fruitful and a stronger witness for God.
The rose bush is a strong plant. It can grow easily and doesn’t require much attention once it gets firmly rooted. Our strength can show when we are firmly planted in God’s word, fellowship with others and showered with prayer by others and for others. For people to see you as that beautiful rose bud, you must remember that your actions speak louder than words. Steer clear of gossip, bad language and negative attitudes. Remember that kindness counts in everything that you do.
Be the rose, not the thorn.
All trimmed and beautiful–ready to continue to bloom!