Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Beautiful Praise

First of all I have to give honor where honor is due and share how the Lord has blessed me! Today has been one of praising the Lord for His goodness to me! I finally went for the dreaded "annual checkup" which I had been putting off for over two years now .......so it had long ago ceased to be "annual"! ha I thought it only been three years since my last mammogram but the technician said her records showed it had been five and she really fussed at me. I admit I was a little nervous about it today....as I always am, since both my mother and one of my sisters had breast cancer and passed away at young ages. But praise the Lord after a regular mammogram and then an ultrasound I was given a clean bill of health! What an answer to prayer!

Late this afternoon B. came in and asked where my camera was. I told him and he went and found it and headed out the door. When he came back in later I asked what he had taken a picture of. He just smiled and handed me the camera. I looked and it was a picture of a single rose.....one of our favorite bushes that we thought was beyond help and would probably never bloom again. Even in the picture I could see that all the branches seemed dead except one tall green stem which had this solitary gorgeous pinkish/coral rose attached to the end. So unexpected and so beautiful. Evidently all this rain we've had this year has brought it back to life.

That's so like the Lord. When we think all hope is gone for someone or something, the Lord sends the unexpected and breathes new life in the person or thing that we have given up on. So to me that means....don't give up. Don't stop working on that project or trying to break that bad habit or witnessing to that lost friend! Just when you think that it's no use to keep going the Lord may cause a near dead rose to bloom and bring you a promise of answered prayers!

"Praise ye the LORD. Praise the LORD, O my soul. While I live will I praise the LORD: I will sing praises unto my God while I have any being." Psalm 146: 1-2

May God bless you today.......

Marilyn

4 comments:

Leah said...

Hallelujah for your good report!! Now don't you put off that ANNUAL exam again. We need to you around to encourage all of us!!

Thanks for the picture of the beautiful rose!!

Leah

Deborah said...

Amen, Marilyn! I just said the same thing to someone else...there is always hope with the Lord!

De'on Miller said...

Fantastic news on your health and the life of your rose!

I had this same thing happen to a plant of mine that was outside during a freeze. It was one of my "Aaron" plants. Today it is huge and has given birth several times.

It seems that you, like me and my mom and sister find so much of God in the beauty of nature. He teaches us wherever it may be found and it is outside that I usually feel my best!

Mom says that it comes from Adam and Eve, that we are all a little bit gardeners. "Little Bit" would describe my yard, but like me, it's getting there!

Thank you!

Joyful said...

Praising the Lord with you for your good report! I know that took courage - way to go!!!

Thanks for the encouragement to keep trusting God - He is the Life Giver, and allows the dormant to flower again.

Blooming where He planted me,
Joy