As I approached the exit of my workplace, I noticed the wind and rain was especially boisterous. I was initially hesitant to proceed, because I didn’t have my umbrella, but then I decided to “man-up” and make a mad dash for my car. “Here goes,” I said to myself in a futile effort to psych myself out before I tore the door open and began my sprint to my car. The rain was cold and the parking lot was a muddy mess; as rivers coursed across the pavement. Upon approaching my car, I saw a peculiar-looking object lying on the ground. I slowed my pace, as my curiosity got the best of me, so that I could make sense of what I was seeing. Much to my surprise, right there on the pavement in the mud and rain was a single, solitary red rose. I assumed someone had dropped it as they were en route to their destination. As I gave pause in the rain to take in the scene, the writer in me was immediately awakened. Prose and poems permeated my mind because of the paradox I was beholding. From this paradox I would like to lift some simple truths to share with you.
Your Beauty is Indestructible
Have you ever thought about what makes a rose (or any flower for that matter) so beautiful? Roses have the unique ability to captivate us with their visual and aromatic appeal. No matter the setting, climate, or variety roses are simply beautiful, and their beauty is indestructible. When I saw the rose lying on the ground in the rain, it caught my eye. On such an ugly day (from my perspective) surrounded by such ugly conditions (rain, mud, broken pavement) this rose was still beautiful. The harsh, external conditions didn’t diminish the innate splendor and appeal of the rose. In fact, I would venture to say, the beauty of the rose was heightened, because the surrounding conditions were so obscure.
You may be in an ugly situation today, with mudslides and potholes all around you, but your life is like that rose. You’re amazing because God made you that way. According to Ecclesiastes 3:11, God makes all things beautiful. God is working on something in you, and even though you may not look like it right now, you are a masterpiece in the making. Some of the most beautiful gems start off as dirty, undesirable rocks. However, with the right amounts of pressure, heat and time precious jewels are born.
The Beauty of Connection
We are in an age where almost everyone is obsessed with physical, exterior beauty. Unfortunately, this obsession has perverted the true ideal of what beauty really is. Furthermore, one may ask, “What determines beauty?” I believe out connections enhance our intrinsic beauty. You can tell a lot about a person based on their connections. It is vital to know what connections give you life and fulfillment. These are what I refer to as essential connections. Three of my essential connections are as follows:
I won’t bore you with a long list of what inspires me, but I encourage you to spend time discovering what those connections are for you, and the power and beauty they usher into your life.
One solemn fact that later dawned on me about the rose in the rain was there was no connection. Even though the rose possessed residual beauty, I knew what the ineluctable fate of that rose would be: Death by disconnection.
In much the same way, when we fail to connect with our Source (God) and what gives us life, we wither. Our beauty fades when we remain disconnected from our creator and our purpose. Psalm chapter one illustrates what proper connection looks like. When we remain connected to God through meditation and communion, we become productive and flourish in our seasons. Remember, your life is a stunning bouquet designed to reflect God’s beauty. Your external circumstances will never be able to destroy your intrinsic glory, because your beauty is and will always be indestructible.
I would love to hear from you. What are some of your essential connections? Who inspires you to pursue greater?
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