Nobody accuses the rose of being ugly simply because they get stuck by a thorn.
The Rose does not apologize, explain, or make excuses for its thorns, or try to understand why God made it the way He did.
The Rose does not stop being beautiful or smelling good because someone has mishandled it and gotten themselves hurt.
God did not ask permission to make the Rose. He did not consult other roses or people who had been pricked by other roses before He made more.
He doesn’t ask the Rose to understand. He only asks the Rose to be a Rose, scent and thorns and all, without apology, trusting that He knew what He was doing when He made it.
How a person responds to the Rose says more about that person than it does the Rose. We may get mad about being stuck. We may stomp the Rose, dig it up, burn it, or kill it by some other means, BUT the Rose is still a Rose. It can’t not be a Rose.
The Rose does not shrink away from sunlight because someone got hurt. Day after day, the Rose turns its face to the sun and shares its beauty with the world.
Some appreciate the Rose for its beauty, others for its scent. Most respect the fact that there are thorns. They know they are looking at a Rose, and they look for the thorns so they know where they can and cannot touch.
Others don’t realize they are dealing with a Rose at all and are stuck before they do.
Is this the fault of the Rose?
Some people might chide the Rose, asking it to apologize for being so offensive to the one it stuck. They may even suggest the Rose cut off its thorns so as to avoid any future injuries to loved ones, stating that, losing the thorns won’t affect the flower’s face, its beauty, its fragrance, or its life. Surely that would not be too big a price to pay for one’s friends.
And, those people are probably right. Most likely the Rose would not be affected the loss of a thorn or two. But for how many thorns will this hold true? For how long? Exactly how much of a plant can a person cut away before killing the plant?
How long must the Rose suffer at the hands of those that only wish for the beauty of the Rose but none of the care of the thing?
How long would something so beautiful survive at the hands of such careless, ignorant, or thoughtless caretakers?
After all, it was not the Rose was not the one who was careless.
Surely the poor Beauty would begin to shrivel up and die. Roses, thorny as they may be, require specific care. The Master Gardener knows this and can provide just the ideal conditions.
The Master Gardener can look at the Rose, diagnose just exactly what is needed and set out a plan of care tailored to the roses specific needs that will cause the Rose to flourish and thrive.
Sometimes, this might mean that pruning and dead-heading are needed in order for the more established stems to grow stronger and sturdier. Painful as it might be for the Rose, the end thereof for the plant, as a whole, is a hardier plant, capable of producing bigger and more fragrant blooms.
At other times, a complete uprooting and transplant is in order. For a myriad of reasons, the Rose simply may not be thriving. The Master Gardener alone knows the signs.
The Rose, upon being removed from the ground, may be certain it is about to die. But the Rose is at the mercy of the Gardener. He will place the traumatized Rose into a new place He has lovingly and knowingly prepared for the plant. And the Master Gardener knows that the Rose will need some time to recover. The Rose may even fail to produce blooms for a while, as the roots re-establish themselves.
A less-experienced gardener may mistakenly believe that he has killed the plant and proceed to yank it out of the ground and fill in the hole. But the Master Gardener is patient, unwilling that His precious beauty should perish. The Master Gardener gives the plant the time, love and care it needs (care for a sick Rose – not care for a thriving violet), and He waits.
The Master Gardener does not belittle or berate the Rose for failing to thrive. He does not accuse the Rose of being rebellious and unwilling to bloom, when He is the one who uprooted the Rose in the first place.
The Rose – His Rose – is at His mercy.
But…that is the safest place in the world for the Rose to be. And the best thing for that precious Rose to do is to rest in the knowledge that the Master Gardener knows what He is doing.
All the Rose must do is be the Rose it was created to be and bloom where it was planted.