Roses In God’s Eyes

They whom God plants shall flourish…”
From Psalm 92:14

As I write, the scent of roses makes its way up to the study where I write. This is the first time I’ve noticed the flowers’ fragrance since my husband placed them on the kitchen table a few days ago. “You’re strong flowers,” I tell them, fully expecting a satisfied nod in return. I hope those roses somehow realize how grateful I am that they made it through winter. As I return to my writing, I whisper, “Thank you!”

We’re much like those roses whose survival remained in question this spring. Fortunately, we join our thorny friends in finding the strength to carry on. We focus on the things that matter, like God’s companionship and love. If we remember that God looks upon each one of us with great expectation before we set out on our own, we find the confidence to proceed.

Though the roses on my table will likely last only another day, their unmistakable fragrance will remain with me. This final gift is a lingering reminder that God’s presence in my life transforms everything. Just as my dear husband selected those particular roses to adorn our table, God singles out you and me to enhance life on this earth as only we can.

Dear God, thank you for your love and for your presence in our lives. What would life be without your fragrance? What would life be like without these ever-creative reminders of your love?

©2019 Mary Penich – All Rights Reserve

All God’s Roses

The just one shall flourish like the palm tree,
like a cedar of Lebanon shall grow.”

Psalm 92:13

As I write, the scent of roses makes its way to the study. This is the first time I’ve noticed the flowers’ fragrance since I placed them on the kitchen table a few days ago. “You’re strong flowers,” I say, fully expecting a satisfied nod in return. I hope those roses somehow realize how grateful I am that they made it through winter. As I return to my writing, I whisper, “Thank you!”

We’re much like those roses whose survival remained in question this spring. Fortunately, we join our thorny friends in finding the strength to carry on. We focus on the things that matter, like God’s companionship and love. If we remember that God looks upon each one of us with great expectation before we set out on our own, we find the confidence to proceed.

Though the roses on my table will likely last only another day, their unmistakable fragrance will remain with me. This final gift is a lingering reminder that God’s presence in my life transforms everything. Just as I selected those particular roses to adorn our table, God singles out you and me to enhance life on this earth as only we can.

Dear God, thank you for your love and for your presence in my life. What would life be without your fragrance? What would life be like without these ever-creative reminders of your love?

©2016 Mary Penich – All Rights Reserve

God’s Enduring Fragrance

And a voice came from the heavens saying,
“This is my beloved son, with whom I am well pleased.”

Matthew 3:17

As I write, the strong scent of roses makes its way to the study. This is the first time I’ve noticed the flower’s lovely fragrance though I placed them on the kitchen table a few days ago. “You are strong flowers,” I say, fully expecting a satisfied nod in return. Though the blossoms respond by standing motionless in their vase, I hope that they somehow realize how grateful I am that they made it through this year’s treacherous winter. Before I return to my writing, I whisper, “Thank you!”

We are much like those roses whose survival remained in question this spring. Fortunately for us, we join our thorny friends in finding the strength we need to carry on. We focus on the things that really matter, like the Companionship of God above. If only we can remember that God singles each one of us out, just as God singles out Jesus, before we set out on our own. If only we hold on to those words, “This is my beloved child, with whom I am well pleased.” Though they may not echo from the clouds above, we hear God’s words just the same in the depths of our hearts. They come to life each and every time we make those difficult, selfless choices that make all of the difference in the world to those around us. They also come to life when we need God most.

Though my roses will likely last only another day, their unmistakable fragrance will remain with me. This final gift is a lingering reminder that God’s presence in my life transforms everything. Just as I selected those special roses to adorn our table, God has singled out you and me to enhance life on this earth, especially the lives of those whom God has given us to love.

Dear God, thank you for your love and for your presence in my life. What would my life be like if I was not enveloped in your fragrance? What would my life be like without these ever-creative reminders of your love?

©2014 Mary Penich – All Rights Reserved