Each year since this stubborn little rose was planted, it has yielded up to 25-30 roses per season. When I planted it, it was very dead. When I moved several years ago, it was in a mover’s truck under 5 feet of snow, for quite a long time as I had not closed on the lakehouse that I bought yet. Looking at the rose, I thought— I feel so bad that this poor rose was stuck on a truck in the cold instead of thriving indoors somewhere. I guess you may say this rose was suffering in silence. I chose to plant this neglected rose to give it a shot at what might be a new life on the bluff of Lake Ontario, and the works of God were shown through that wonderful rose bush, it yields, and thrives every year!
Sometimes, things that appear dead, lifeless, or painfully difficult for us to bear are creating a path for God to perform a miracle on our behalf!!
John 9:1-41: As Jesus walked along, He saw a man who had been blind since birth. Jesus’ disciples asked, “Teacher, why was this man born blind? Was it because he or his parents sinned?” “No, it wasn’t!” Jesus answered. ” But because of His blindness, you will see God work a miracle for Him. As long as it is day, we must do what the one who sent me wants me to do. When night comes, no one can work. While I am in the world, I am the light for the world.” You can go read the rest of this story on your own. The blind man is totally healed, if he had not been afflicted, there would be no opportunity for the works of God to be shown to the world. The main focus being, so the world may give Glory to the works of God.
” I am sure what we are suffering now cannot compare with the Glory that will be shown to us. In fact, all creation is waiting for God to show who His children are. Meanwhile, creation is confused, but not because it wants to be confused, God made it this way in the hope that creation would be set free from decay and would share in the glorious freedom of His children.” I encourage you to keep reading to verse 30 here in Romans 8. In every adverse situation, there is always a pathway for God to show His powerful works. If you are facing a time of great pain in your life, do not suffer in silence, go to our very source of strength and power, accept all that He has for you, it’s sad that so many do not receive what God wants to work through them; please- do not be one of those people. Instead, be a glorious child of God who is free!