The Creator set out to craft the grandest of all his flowers; one that would stand alone in majesty unparalleled and unprecedented. He started early in the morning in his workshop on what would become his masterpiece. He began with smooth petals painting them with the richest of reds moving to the gentlest of pinks. He then created petals with spots and freckles as his imagination ran wild utilizing all of the colors of the rainbow in his craftsmanship. He then instructed these graceful petals to open only when their unique aroma was at its grandest creating a perfume that would inspire poets and lovers, saints and charlatans. After creating the majestic rose, he pondered his handiwork. Then after a moment’s thought he decided to add thorns for this flower was to serve as his most perfect pulpit for teaching on the unique correlation between thorns and roses, blessings and afflictions.
Thorns & Roses are uniquely correlated to much of what life has to offer. There are of course times when life’s blessings and challenges are actually intertwined; times when blessings bring their own challenges and times when challenges create unique opportunities for growth. .
Life is rarely all thorns or all roses; it is typically a mixture of the two. Life has its thorns; many and plentiful that dot painfully the days of our lives. Yet amid these thorns the fragrance of roses can yet be found. Sickness causes us to appreciate health when we have it and compassion for others who are also ill when health wanes. Challenges bring opportunities for celebration when overcome and lessons when failure reins. Death painful though it is also defines the significance of life; thorns though unpleasant always have along with them the fragrance of beauty when viewed correctly.
This amalgam of beauty and thorns speaks to a unique but effective way of facing life itself. Never be too high in the good times for that would create a self sufficient arrogance that would inevitably lead you to take God for granted. Nor are you to be too low in the challenging times for that would embitter your spirituality and cause you to overlook the lessons that can only be learned through life’s challenges.
Roses and thorns illustrate balance that you may always have hope amid your many challenges and joy in the face of all that life brings. These are the lessons that the Creator has planted within the rose adorned with her thorns.