Glenda Mills

Hope That Doesn't Disappoint

The Rose

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Portrait of a Rose

Only God could have known the feelings locked up tight in my heart that morning. Displaced and discouraged. Missing family and friends. Yet I walked into the ladies class with a smile on my face. After all I was the teacher. I should set a good example whether I felt like it or not.

As soon as I walked through the door, I was greeted by a young seminary wife holding a beautiful short stemmed red rose. “I took a walk in my garden this morning and found one rose had bloomed. I felt impressed to give it to you.”

I was speechless. How could she have known? What a beautiful expression of God’s love  from a younger sister in Christ I hardly knew. I thanked her for the rose and for letting God use her to encourage my heart.

A few days later, I drove to Houston to spend some time with a friend and her family.    When I arrived Norma greeted me with a warm hug and welcomed me into her home. “You will never guess what my sister Lisa painted for you! Come and see. It’s here in the dining room.

My eyes fell upon the framed portrait of a beautiful short stemmed red rose. I couldn’t believe my eyes. Tears flowed. The painting was an exact replica of the rose given me a few days before! How could she have known?

No doubt, this was God. Shouldn’t the gift of one rose be enough? Looking back I believe the Lord knew the second rose, framed and hung on my wall would be a life-time portrait of His constant enduring love. An encouragement to persevere through the challenging transitions of life.

‘Little flowers never worry, when the winds begin to blow. And they never ever cry
when the rains begin to fall. Oh I think I know the secret, only little flowers know.
If it never ever rained, then the flowers wouldn’t grow.’ (author unknown).

A friend loves at all times. Proverbs 17:17a NIV.


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