A Bouquet of Thorns?
I read a quote today that just jumped out at me...
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)
Thorns protect the rose; they protect the rose from wild animals who want to devour the rose. Thorns enable a rose to grasp on and climb higher than other flowers to get needed sunshine. Thorns protect and also “perfect” the rose.
It's so easy to be thankful when there are no “thorns” or problems weighing us down. Sadly though we all have thorns in our lives...things we don't really want to deal with...maybe even bearing them in silence. We need to enjoy not only the "roses" in our lives but also the thorns that help to protect the roses because it is when we are going through hard times that we truly begin to experience the comfort that only the Lord can give us. In our weakness, pain, or circumstance we come to depend on God even more; often falling to our knees.
Instead of bearing our thorns in silence we need to thank God for the strength He gives us when we have problems and difficulties in our lives.
How can I thank God for my "thorn?" It’s not easy, but I do know that I have thanked Him for all the many blessings He has given me and that I need to begin to embrace this thorn. I need to be thankful for the knowledge that maybe this thorn will make me realize how much more I need to lean on Him.
Starting today, I need...we all need to take a little time to be thankful for the thorns in our lives, because 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.