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Topic: Patience (08/21/08)
TITLE: The Rosebush Story
By Betty Marschner
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One year,he started three new varieties as an experiment. He had an idea how they might grow but he planted them under exacting conditions to see the results.
"Instant Firestorm" was the first rose, the next was "Quickness", the third was named "Patience". Instant Firestorm and Quickness lived up to thier namessake. They grew new shoots as soon as spring arrived.
Instant Firestorm grew fast and was soon covered with fiery orange-red blossoms. It reminded the Master Gardener of a burning bush. Everyone admired it's beauty.
Quickness grew even faster, soon it doubled in size. Everyone expected much from this bush.
The next bush was "Patience". This bush was much slower to begin it's growth. At one point,it was doubtful that it would grow at all.
One day, two other gardeners stopped by, they admired the fiery red blossoms
of Instant Firestorm. It had reached it's peak of growth. Next they looked at Quickness. Astonished at it's huge growth, both the Master Gardener and his freinds were expecting great things from this plant. Lastly they came upon Patience. the first gardener said"this spindly little plant will never amount to anything."
"I would tear it out and burn it" the other gardener said. The Master Gardener just said" this will be the best bush ever". He gave "Patience" just what it needed and that was patience!
Weeks later, Instant Firestorm used up all it's energy to produce the brilliant color. It now looked sickly and had little left with which to produce anymore color. As for Quickness, it didn't fare much better. In it's haste to grow fast, it sacrificed much in the quality of the bloom. The blossoms were small and even misshaped.
The MasterGardener though, saw something in Patience that made him wait. He labored tiredlessly to it's needs. He knew Patience had something none of the other plants possessed. The little bush kept growing, much like it had faith in the MasterGardener's care.
When summer's heat quickly sapped the growth of the other bushes, Patience grew steadily. Soon it produced perfect roses of the purest snow-driven white. It amazed everyone.
This litte allegory is a tale of the virtue of patience. In our modern world, much value is placed on speed. We order fast food and instant drinks.
Our Lord desires something much different,much like the MasterGardener did. Jesus spoke often in parables. In the parable of the Sower, Jesus told of the seeds that fell by the way-side. How Satan quickly snatched the Word or seed from those hearts. The seed or Word that fell on good ground or fertile hearts, bore much fruit with patience. In James chapter 1 we read "the testing of your faith produces patience. Let patience have it's perfect work so that you may be perfect and complete lacking nothing".
The bush named patience shows us all, that patience, and waiting upon the Lord will help us to bear fruit even during the harshest seasons of our lives.
May we all learn a lesson from the rose bushes and the Master Gardener.
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