Spiritual Sundays

Sunday, February 8, 2009


Today is my first "Spiritual Sunday" contribution. Charlotte over at Charlotte's Weblog invited me a few weeks ago to participate. I'm glad I did! So from now on Walking on Sunshine will be a part of Spiritual Sundays. I encourage you to head over to their blog to take a look at all the other wonderful contributions. Since I have quite a few new followers and readers, I thought I'd post something I wrote a few months ago. Enjoy!

A Bouquet of Thorns

My God, I have never thanked Thee for my thorn! I have thanked Thee a thousand times for my roses, but never once for my thorn. Teach me the glory of the cross I bear. Teach me the value of my thorns. Show me that I have climbed to Thee by the path of pain. Show me that my tears have made my rainbow.
—George Matheson (1842–1906)

I read a quote the other day that just seemed to jump out at me. I have never really thought of my pain as something to be thankful for. Or to even think of it as a “Bouquet of Thorns” as the above quote suggests.

I did some research on why roses have thorns. Thorns protect the rose. They protect it from things like wild animals who want to devour the rose. Thorns protect and yet also perfect the rose.

I particularly love the definition…thorns enable a rose to grasp on and climb higher than other flowers to get needed sunshine. I like to think that as Christians when we’re experiencing thorns in our lives, we need to push everything out of our way and search higher, reaching for the only one who can help us…our Savior.

I'm sure there are many out there who have thorns in their lives...things they don't really want to deal with...maybe bearing them in silence. Shouldn't we begin to thank God for the strength He gives us when we these thorns appear in our lives?

It's so easy to be thankful when there are no problems weighing us down. But we need to enjoy not only the "roses" in our lives but also the thorns that help to protect the roses. It is when we are going through hard times that we truly begin to experience the comfort only our Lord can give us. In our weakness, pain, or circumstance we come to depend on God even more; often falling to our knees crying out for help.

How can I thank God for this "thorn?" I'm not sure I can yet. But I do know that I have thanked Him for all the many blessings He has given me and that I need to embrace this thorn and be thankful for the knowledge that maybe this thorn will help me to realize how much more I need to lean on Him.

So let's take a little time today to be thankful for the thorns in our lives...without them we wouldn't have the beautiful roses.
2 Corinthians 12:8-10...Three times I pleaded with the Lord to take it away from me. But he said to me, "My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness." Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ's power may rest on me. That is why, for Christ's sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong.

18 comments :

  1. What a wonderful thought. I had never heard it. I love roses but never realized how the thorns help them. I know that thorns in our lives help us too but we don't like them. From now on I'm going to have a better attitude about my thorns, and I have quite a few at this point in my life. Thank you so much for sharing this.
    Blessings,
    Charlotte

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  2. This is great post! The thorns in my life bring me closer to God. They help me to help other people who may have the same thore that I once did. I'm so glad that you posted here today thank-you.

    God Bless,
    Ginger

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  3. Now if I'll just remember this when I get Valentine roses this week. thanks for the sweet blessing. Dixie

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  4. That's a challenge: to be grateful for thorns. I have a little saying, "We should thank God that thorns have roses." Thanks for sharing. Happy Spiritual Sunday

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  5. So glad to see you on Spiritual Sunday,I loved the poem,I have always wondered why roses had thorns and to be able to equate it to the thorns in our live is so awesome. I need to work on the part of thanking God for allowing the thorns that come into my life. Very much food for thought, I really look forward to Sunday in blogland I am always blessed.Thank you for sharing. Have a blessed afternoon with your family while celebrating the birthdays.

    Sue

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  6. You have such a great way of making a complex religious point seem very simple and clear. It is often so hard to see the reason why difficult things in our lives are happening, and why we should embrace them, learn from them and accept them. Your wonderful analogy is a reminder of the way we should try to think of them. Hope you are having a blessed Sunday Lois!

    Fiona

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  7. Excellent. I needed this. Thank you for posting.

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  8. Isn't God good that way. Even through the hard times he is always there in the midst of it all. Thanks for sharing that beautiful story with us today. Have a blessed day!

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  9. Wonderful message, Lois! We all have some sort of thorn, and I learned some time ago that my thorns keep me right where I should be...at the feet of the Savior!

    It's fascinating to think that Paul, the author of 2/3 of the New Testament, had a thorn God most likely chose not to remove. They def. have their purpose in the life of every Christian.

    Thank you for the lovely message!!

    Joyful blessings,
    Becky

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  10. Oh dear! I too thank God everyday for the obvious blessings that he provides. Job, family, overall health but I have not (ever to my remembrance) thanked him for my physical pain. I live with minor to serious back pain everyday of my life. I usually focus on not thinking about it at all. What I need to do is thank God for it, but I also need to meditate and contemplate how it blesses me...

    uuummmm... Thank you for sharing this!
    ~Liz

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  11. YOU MY BLOG FRIEND ARE A SMART WOMAN. TAXI FAIR IT AN EXCELLENT IDEA!!! I WILL GO BACK ON TUESDAY AND I'M SURE IT WILL BE THERE.

    THANKS FOR YOUR WONDERFULLY INSPIRING BLOG. I SO ENJOY IT.

    HUGS FROM MAINE

    http://sophie4me.blogspot.com/

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  12. Welcome to Spiritual Sundays, your post is so good.
    Bless you and yours,

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  13. LOIS, WHAT A WONDERFUL MESSAGE.
    THANK YOU FOR REMINDING ME OF THIS.

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  14. Great post! Our thorns are important parts of who we are and they help us grow closer to the Lord. I'm thankful for mine although there were times I wished I had nothing but petals!

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  15. A bouquet of thorns - what a great attitude about accepting our thorns! I loved the way you wrote about this. Jesus had to wear a crown of thorns, why shouldn't we accept a bouquet.

    Katherine

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  16. This was a great post-reminded me of the one I wrote- I love when the Holy Spirit speaks to me in several ways- giving thanksin the midst of trails and accepting the thorns- all leading to us crying out to God and accepting all He allows to come our way. thanks for teaching us about the thorns.
    Glad you are a part of SS.
    blessings, peasce, joy and love.

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  17. Thank you for getting me to think about the "thorns" in my life...I hadn't thought of it that way before!

    Thanks also for stopping by my post and saying "hi." I will look forward to your posts each Spiritual Sunday.

    ~Jean

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