I’ll be honest, as I usually am when talking about my shortcomings. My wife and I aren’t as conscientious as gardeners as we are about keeping the house clean and tidy.
We have friends in Australia who have a backyard full of beautiful roses. I don’t have any doubt that Merilyn does everything she needs to do to assure having the maximum number of healthy-looking flowers on every bush. Her efforts pay off.
We, on the other hand, planted two rose bushes some years back. One on either side of the ramp leading into the shed. The first year–maybe the second as well–we fertilized or whatever we were supposed to do to baby our bushes. The results were satisfactory, as best I can recall.
But the bushes themselves weren’t growing, and–frankly–I’d planted them where it was hard to mow between the bushes and the shed and between the ramp and the bushes. Despite my best efforts at being careful, I finally mowed one bush down; there hadn’t been enough of it left for me to tell the difference, anyhow.
As tempted as I was to cut down or pull up the other bush, I couldn’t. It periodically had some really beautiful flowers. And strangely enough, that bush seemed to bloom best when the weather was cold enough we didn’t really expect a rose bush to bear flowers. But the picture above was taken several months ago–before the weather started turning warmer.
And this picture was taken in December of last year! Definitely NOT warm weather.
Amazing what God can do with neglected things as He makes them beautiful in His own way and His own time!
At a recent writers conference in North Carolina, I couldn’t help noticing these dead flowers outside the dining hall. Not as beautiful as they had been in life, I’m sure, and yet amazingly beautiful in their own way even lying on the pavement neglected in death, waiting for someone to sweep them up and throw them away.
God is the all-time expert at making all things beautiful, even in death. How thankful I am that He’s continuing to work on me before I reach that point in time!
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