Who doesn’t love a rose? They are breathtaking!
I feel that living in SoCal is like living in a never ending rose garden. Roses are everywhere – pink, red, white, yellow!
This rose, however, caught my eye, not simply because it was a rose, but because of its surroundings. This was a rose entwined in a thorn bush, not its own thrones. There it sat tempting me to touch it. If I had a pair of scissors, I would have wanted to cut it and take it home. The protective branches of the thorn bush prevented me to do so.
I looked at that rose among thorns and realize that is the very type of protection I pray God gives to my children. They are so precious and have so much beauty to offer this world. However every individual may not view them equally. Matthew 10: 16 says, “I am sending you out like sheep among wolves. Therefore be as shrewd as snakes and as innocent as doves.” From teasing and bullying to artificial personas and “ideal” body typing, they will have much to work through in coming years. I really don’t want for their genuine character to be tainted by this world.
I pray that the Lord surround them with His hedge of protection while allowing their beauty created through Him to shine into this world.
I ask you, will you pray for our each other, our children and our youth today?