Grateful That Thorns Have Roses
“Some people grumble that roses have thorns; I am grateful that thorns have roses.” – Jean-Baptiste Alphonse Karr
Most women I know LOVE roses – red, white, yellow, pink, orange or even rainbow – a rose of any color is so beautiful! Alas, they’re difficult to handle because of the thorns! Thorns grow from rose stems to prevent being harmed or eaten by animals; they’re a defense mechanism. Yet, they’re so beautiful, we humans risk getting our fingers pricked because we love their color and fragrance.
Thorns. The same difficulty we experience while handling roses can also be attributed to the problems we experience with a “thorn in our side.”
There’s a Bible verse in which Paul talks about being kept humble by God placing a thorn in his side. What’s your thorn? We all have them – be it finances, a bad knee, a wayward child, a dysfunctional family or other relationship – it’s a chronic problem or annoyance and normally someone or something we can’t avoid.
So what do we do? We can give in to the annoyance and let it plague our days and steal our joy. Or we can try to look at it in a different light (especially since it’s not going to go away just like that). The thorn in our side reminds us that we aren’t always as strong as we think we are. It will make us put on on our thinking caps to figure out a better way to handle it. It falls within the realm of “what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger.” And I ain’t dead yet!
I’ve had a few thorn-in-my-side trials in my life, I believe they are a part of the flow of life. There was a period when I allowed myself to be placed under the thumb of a difficult person, my strategy was to “go along to get along.” The experience pushed me to a place where I had to re-think the way I view people and how difficult, but necessary, it is to walk in love and forgive. Easier said than done and at times I found myself cussing like a sailor about it. In the end, I just gave it away to God – with the acknowledgment that I could not handle it on my own. Did the problem (poof!) go away? Nope – but I learned that to walk in love also means I should honor myself in such situations with difficult people. Yes, I learned many valuable lifelong lessons through the experience, not to mention increased faith. We are often placed in positions when we have to rely on faith; when we have to give up trying to handle it our way and listen to what God has to say.
So – your thorn? Whatever yours is, find a way to lighten the burden – it’s not something a mere mortal should tackle.
Hi, it’s me, Janine Lattimore and I want to inspire and encourage you to #keepgoing! Based in the Atlanta, Georgia area, and among the many other hats I wear, I’m a writer, mother and Editor in Chief for Classy Living Society, a women’s only national community service organization. I’m here to share philosophy, inspiration, humor, a bit of inside info and tidbits I learned along life’s beautiful journey. Welcome!