God is in the Roses

God is in the roses
The petals and the thorns


God is in the Roses
Rosanne Cash


I’ve recently become a fan of Rosanne Cash.  In fact I can pinpoint the time.  I was driving to work about a year and a half ago when Sea of Heartbreak came on WEHM, really the only station that I listen too when driving.  I’ve discovered more new artists there and if you like your music eclectic, I don’t think there’s a finer station to listen too.  After hearing that one song I found someone new to follow.

The lyrics God is in the Roses is from Rosanne’s CD Black Cadillac.  I have a hugely eclectic taste in music.

From Ozzy to Black Sabbath to AC DC.
From Bad Company to Pat Benetar To Kenny Chesney.
From Kansas to The Moody Blues to Elton John.

Well, you get the picture.  It’s like with my choice in books.  I read anything and everything that catches my attention.

I’ve heard God is in the Roses often and when I heard it again the other day I zeroed in on the send two lines:
The petals and the thorns
Storms out on the oceans

God is everywhere and it appears that Ms. Cash realizes this as well.

God isn’t just in the joy as in rose petals.
He is also in the challenges as in the thorns and the storms in the ocean.

It is sometimes more difficult to find God in the thorns and the storms, but if you REALLY look you can find him anywhere.  It’s like I wrote recently with my column Sick and Blessed.  God was in my sickness by pointing out how blessed I was to be surrounded by loving friends and family.  When you’re faced with a challenge and you’re not sure how to cope, there is always one who is there.  All you have to do is reach out.

HE will guide you to safe shores.
HE will remove the thorn.  This line reminds me of Aesop’s Fable:
Androcles and the Lion.
There is a storm in this story as well as a literal thorn.  The storm BEING the thorn in the lion’s paw.  As you see, however, God shines through the storm in the end here as well.

God will ALWAYS come through!
God doesn’t punish!

God is Freedom as is told by Aesop’s story.
We simply have to remember this.  Will you remember?

Be Happy!  Be Well!  Be Positive!
Blessings to you.

Chris

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