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The Rose

A rose is a rose
Although it starts out as a green bud
Covered tightly with a calyx
Protecting it from the wind and rain
Inside a wonder is forming,
Building pressure -growing
Until the strain becomes too much and the calyx breaks
Showing a streak of colour
Dividing in five sepals
Its work is done the flower has changed
But it is still a rose
The Petals unfurl brilliant colour
Peeling off making room for the others
Layer after layer such beauty such grace
Constantly changing but still a rose
A gift of love, and passion
The prize of weddings,
The remembrance of loved ones past
Fragrance and form unequaled
So desired, so wondrous, so amazing
Yet as it fully unfolds it exposes reality
An untidy mess in the centre
Filaments and anthers all dropping pollen
Visited by bees and flies
Who drink the perfumed nectar
And by accident rub pollen onto the stigma
Then the petals fade and wilt
What was beauty - now is tinged with death
The life seems to drain from the perfection
All seems hopeless, the fragrance has gone
Bees no longer visit
To gift these flowers would be an insult
Petals fall with the wind one by one
Floating to the ground,
Turning brown and rigid
But it is still a rose
Yet while death is turning beauty into compost
After the last petal has fallen
There appears a new creation
A swelling appears below the dead sepals
That turns from green to brilliant orange
Full of vitamins and goodness
A remedy for a variety of ailments
The rose hip forms
Cradling and nurturing in its heart the next generation
And although the outer skin will fade and rot away
Exposing the seeds within
The new life will still be a rose.

17th May 2008

So much religion bases its philosophies on an unchangeable God,
and it is true God never changes. However our perception of his unchangeableness is not necessarily his perception of unchangeableness. In fact we have the audacity to think the way things have always been actioned are the way it will always be. If the calyx of the flower didn't give way to the petals inside, the flower will die. If the petals stayed in a tight cluster there would be no pollination, If the petals remained on the flower after pollination they would absorb nutrients required for the seed. If the hip didn't rot the seed would not germinate. The thing that didn't change is the fact that the plant purpose is to reproduce, every thing else changed. Yet we will hang onto the more glamorous parts and are not prepared to let God have his way, and in so doing fight against God.

Mal 3:6 For I am the LORD, I change not; therefore ye sons of Jacob are not consumed.
God's purpose had to be completed that is why the sons of Jacob were and are not consumed.
For I am the LORD, I change not - However most of the old testament laws and traditions have disappeared, Yet like the calyx of the flower the remnants and still attached to the rose hip
For I am the LORD, I change not- Yet Christ ushered in a new way
For I am the LORD, I change not- Yet the batten seems to have been passed from reformer to reformer with all their different ways of doing things,
Governments and ideologies have changed, fashions and clothes have changed, the types of food we eat have changed, even the air we breathe has changed. Every thing changes -yet we are uncomfortable with change, we prefer the 'status quo' and will hold on to things as long as we can.
Even...
Mat 24:35 Heaven and earth shall pass away,[and all that is in it] but my words shall not pass away.

Isa 55:8 For My thoughts are not your thoughts, nor your ways My ways, says Jehovah. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are My ways higher than your ways, and My thoughts than your thoughts. For as the rain comes down, and the snow from the heavens, and does not return there, but waters the earth, and makes it bring out and bud, and give seed to the sower and bread to the eater; so shall My Word be, which goes out of My mouth; it shall not return to Me void, but it shall accomplish what I please, and it shall certainly do what I sent it to do.

The bible is a sign post pointing a direction. When we go in the direction of the signpost -the ground we tread on is new ground, but we are still going in the direction the signpost pointed. You might say you are leaving the signpost behind, that is true but you are still following it's direction, it's purpose.

Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in your sight, O Lord, my strength and my redeemer. Psalm 19:14
Stephen Share 2006

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