Stop and Smell the Roses

I’d like to invite you to slow down for a moment, come and see the beauty our Creator places in objects like roses, and say a prayer of thanks for the little glimpses of heaven that He places all around us. There really is something to the phrase, “Stop and smell the roses.”

Don’t the beautiful things of this life make you long to know more about the True Source of that beauty: God? I hope so.

We’re entering a time of year when I can slow down a bit and simply enjoy what is forming around me. April and May are filled to the brim with outdoor tasks; caring for indoor starts, prepping the garden for planting, mulching flower beds, planting the garden, weeding, and so on. This long list of tasks doesn’t volunteer many moments to sit back and enjoy the spaces that we’re creating.

Now that the business of spring preparation, Starting Seeds Indoors, and planting is behind us, we can rest a bit until harvest season arrives. General maintenance tasks such as weeding, watering, and such must continue to take place all summer long, but there’s a lot more time to stop and smell the roses.

Speaking of roses, the two bushed that we planted last spring are really taking off this year. A few weeks ago, one particular bush was loaded with the most fragrant blooms. It was almost impossible to resist giving them a little attention each time I was in their vicinity.

In this blog post I’d like to invite you along to enjoy these roses. I know, it’s not quite the same since you are unable to partake in their sweet fragrance, but a photograph allows us all to bask in their beauty.

Come, stop, and smell the roses with me:

“Ascribe to the Lord, you heavenly beings,
    ascribe to the Lord glory and strength.
Ascribe to the Lord the glory due his name;
    worship the Lord in the splendor of his holiness.

The voice of the Lord is over the waters;
    the God of glory thunders,
    the Lord thunders over the mighty waters.
The voice of the Lord is powerful;
    the voice of the Lord is majestic.

The voice of the Lord is powerful;
the voice of the Lord is majestic.
The voice of the Lord breaks the cedars;
the Lord breaks in pieces the cedars of Lebanon.
He makes Lebanon leap like a calf,
Sirion like a young wild ox.
The voice of the Lord strikes
with flashes of lightning.
The voice of the Lord shakes the desert;
the Lord shakes the Desert of Kadesh.
The voice of the Lord twists the oaks
and strips the forests bare.
And in his temple all cry, “Glory!”

The Lord sits enthroned over the flood;
the Lord is enthroned as King forever.
The Lord gives strength to his people;
the Lord blesses his people with peace.

Psalm 29

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