Seeking: One Rose Garden

Aarhus rose garden

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I had a limited record collection when I was a kid. After memorizing all the lyrics to the soundtracks of Grease and Saturday Night Fever and a Shawn Cassidy album, I would sometimes listen to my parents’ LPs. One of them was an album by Lynn Anderson. One of the songs was ‘I Never Promised You a Rose Garden‘. At my young age, I didn’t yet have a good concept of this figure of speech, and couldn’t quite figure out why it was such a big deal that this guy wanted a rose garden so bad. I’ve since figured it out. I want a rose garden, and I want it bad.

Every person on earth carries his or her own set of issues. When we hurt, no one we know can turn off our fears and our pain. Not even our best friends can truly understand our inner struggles. Is there any help at all for us?  The answer is a definite yes!

God didn’t promise us a painless life, but he did promise “a way of  escape.” He promised to help us bear the pain and strength to get us back on our feet when we don’t think we can make it.

“There hath no temptation taken you but such as is
common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above
that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that
ye may be able to bear it” (1 Corinthians 10:13).

Our heavenly Father watches over us with a eye that never wavers. Every thing we do, everything that someone does to us, it’s all on His camera. He identifies and feels the pain and hurt that we feel. He saves all our tears. He is always there.

We don’t have a rose garden, but we have something much better, we have an eternal Guardian. He will never leave us nor forsake us whether we are in a garden or on a rocky, barren path.

Today, instead of wishing for what we cannot or do not have, let’s be grateful for what we do have. The opportunity for peace that surpasseth our understanding.

Enjoy this glorious day, it is a gift!

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