|My mom's favorite: Tropicana|
|A Particularly Thorny Rose|
I love that they need pruning constantly. The more you prune them, the more they bloom. I need that kind of care regularly too. Even though it hurts, it keeps me from getting leggy and out of hand.
I love that they need fertilizer regularly. I do too. The Word of God keeps me fed so that I can make more blooms.
|My Favorite: Ronald Reagan|
Roses take a lot of sunshine--and so do I. That was a hard lesson to learn, but it is good to know what your physical limitations are.
Here in Central Florida, my roses often have a habit of blooming in the most surprising times--I usually get a flush in January, near the time of the frosts. God helps me bloom at strange times too, often catching me by surprise, to my great delight.
The rose variety that does the best locally drops its leaves when they become diseased. It doesn't hold onto its pain or sickness--it sheds it as fast as possible so that the disease doesn't affect the entire bush. It's a wise practice.
|A beautiful Don Juan|
I've learned a lot from roses, and as my own rose garden can attest, I still have much more to learn. There's a new bacterial infection in this area that I have yet to lick. I've got my own illnesses for which I need healing too. I know the Lord and I will get through both problems.
What things have you found that teach you about our Lord?