This photo that I took last year is very special to me. It’s more than just another pretty flower. When I look at it, I see the power and beauty of one single rose standing on its own.
To me, it embodies what it means to persevere.
This rose isn’t surrounded by a whole garden of flowers. It’s just in full bloom by itself.
Ever have one of those seasons? Where you don’t fit it in with the crowd? When a storm has hit and wiped out everyone else, but you? When you felt like you were down to nothing?
It’s in those moments that God steps in and meets us. It’s when He reminds us that if we have Him, we have more than enough.
I love how the rose defiantly stands against the odds and gives you no choice but to notice its beauty. Take a look at how barren things look around the rose.
It’s really a wonder how the rose could even flourish in that environment. What happened to all the other flowers?
I don’t know what you are going through today. Perhaps you are walking through a dry valley or a season of drought or despair. Perhaps you’re feeling like no one else around you cares or understands your struggles.
It could be because of a loss of a job, loved one or your health. It could be a transition time or a time of uncertainty.
Whatever you are facing today, be at peace knowing that God is Greater than your circumstances. He has not abandoned you. He is right there with you giving you the strength to stand and to persevere.
The Bible says, “Blessed is the man who perseveres under trial, because when he has stood the test, he will receive the crown of life that God has promised to those who love Him.” (James 1:12)
In short, don’t give up!
When you feel like wallowing in a corner or backing down, I hope you will remember this rose (and the verse above) and that you would be encouraged to keep standing tall. Whatever you’re struggling with, it is just for a season. God will see you through it. He will give you the grace to endure it.
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