Roses and Grace
I bought some pitiful little roses a while back. They were on sale. I didn’t think they were going to make it, but I figured for less than a few bucks it was worth a try. Plus, it gave my son some time in the garden with me.
I told him where to plant them, and my son planted them. He tended to them, weeded them, watered them, and when he was away, I did the same. After a while, the rose-bush started to get some new growth on it. I still didn’t think it was going to make it, but I hoped it would. Not just for me, but for my son.
I had other rose bushes. They were already blooming and beautiful. But this rose-bush, the one that had little hope of living, and the one my son planted, was just starting to bud. I was so excited to see the little buds on that rose-bush. It filled me with hope and excitement.
Pretty soon, the rose bloomed. I saw it one morning as I went outside, and I actually shrieked. It was so brilliant. I was so happy to see that rose bloom that I went outside and snapped a picture of it.
As I stood there, staring at the rose with a camera around my neck, I couldn’t help but think how God must feel when we finally ‘bloom’. It made me think about how Grace works.
I can imagine God looking at us and thinking, “Well that one is struggling, but hang on a minute, maybe she’ll finally grow and ‘get it’.” When we finally ‘get it’, and when we finally find our way back to the Lord, I wonder if he shrieks with joy?
Luke 15 tells us that He does. In that one chapter alone there are three parables that Jesus uses to demonstrate how Grace works:
- The parable of the lost sheep
- The parable of the lost coin
- The parable of the lost son
The parable of the lost coin says:
Luke 15:8-10 “Or suppose a woman has ten silver coins and loses one. Does she not light a lamp, sweep the house and search carefully until she finds it? 9 And when she finds it, she calls her friends and neighbors together and says, ‘Rejoice with me; I have found my lost coin.’ 10 In the same way, I tell you, there is rejoicing in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner who repents.”
Jesus says, “I tell you, there is rejoicing in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner who repents.” Rejoicing. In Heaven. For us.
If you’re feeling that you cannot possibly be saved. If you think you’ve done something so bad that no Church would have you. Think again. The angels in heaven in the presence of God are waiting to rejoice…for you. Don’t wait. The long walk back begins with a single step toward God. Finding your way back to God only requires you to ask for God’s love and help. His Grace will shine down on you, nurture you, and help you to blossom as you’ve never done before.