by Barbara Latta @barbaralatta
Have you seen the picture that has gone viral of a tiny lizard asleep inside a pink rose? The creature was in nocturnal bliss enclosed inside those velvet petals. She was so small the flower created a safe haven. Although the rose had been cut and carried into a house, Lizzie wasn’t disturbed. (I’m taking liberties and calling it a girl and naming her Lizzie).
I can’t share the picture here on this site because the photo doesn’t belong to me, but this link of a sleeping lizard in a pink rose will show you the pretty little girl resting in her bed of fragrant softness. She doesn’t look worried, does she?
She climbed up the stem of a rose bush and took advantage of the protection and soft caresses of a flower. The tiny reptile never questioned if that rose was willing to accept her slumber. She took advantage of what nature provided and received a cradle of provision and comfort.
Our Father wants us to climb into His lap and take advantage of His love and protection. He wants to caress us in petals of love, warm us with the protection of His hand, and whisper promises of provision to us.
As His divine power has given to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of Him who called us by glory and virtue. (2 Peter 1:3 NKJV)
Don’t you know this thrills His heart when we truly rely on Him?
The Bible says we can grieve the Holy Spirit (Ephesians 4:30). We do that when we doubt, or whine, or fail to obey. He still loves us no matter what, but we can put limits on what we receive and those limitations we choose to live in are what grieves His heart. Because He has provided so much, and we don’t take advantage of His goodness.
The creatures of nature know better than to run right into the paws of an enemy. They don’t dart in front of a cat or other animal who would like to capture them.
Why do we put ourselves into the devil’s territory by getting into his mindset of doubt, confusion, fear and worry?
He can only hurt us if we put ourselves into his domain and fall for his schemes and lies.
Worry is one weapon the devil throws at our minds. But worry is the opposite of trust. When we allow worry and fear to enter our minds, we have taken ourselves out of the hands of God and placed our soul on the dinner menu of a fallen angel.
Pastor Greg Mohr of Charis Bible College said, “Worry is our feeble attempt to be omnipotent and change the future we are afraid of.”
If we find ourselves in stress and chaos it is because we have forgotten what Christ gave us. No matter what we go through we can know God’s got this. He tells us to lay our burdens on Him (1 Peter 5:7).
The Song of Solomon is poetic expression of the love between a husband and wife. This book is often referred to as an analogy of the love between Christ as the Bridegroom and believers as the bride (His church). In Song of Solomon 2:1, the bride is the one speaking when she says, “I am the rose of Sharon, and the lily of the valleys.”
The rose is considered by some to be the most perfect in the flower family. Jesus is never specifically referred to as the Rose of Sharon, but some have used this scripture to symbolically identify Him.
And even though in the case of this scripture the bride is speaking and not the bridegroom, we could compare the Rose of Sharon to Jesus because he is the perfect flower giving Himself to the bride.
Lizzie and others like her live in a harsh world. Predators seek them out for their dinner menus. But this one ran to a place of hiding. A place where no predator could see her.
We live in a harsh world too. We face a predator named Satan who seeks to devour us (1 Peter 5:8). What does our Father tell us to do when we are chased down? We resist that enemy and run to the Rose of Sharon, our spiritual protector.
God world is full of lessons He uses to teach us, and as Titus 2 women we can use these lessons as a visible reminder of how much God cares for us.
Are worry and fear attacking your mind? Lay your head on your heavenly Father’s shoulder. Let Him caress your soul with His peace. Rest in the love His perfect Flower bought for you.
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