I had a sweet surprise that turned out to be a little devotional thought that also applied to my writing. I thought I’d share.
Outside our side garage door is some landscaping that took a beating for a couple reasons. The greenery received extra fertilizer when our dog decided that was his bathroom area because it was the only semi-dry place he could find. I couldn’t blame him, really, it has been consistently rainy since last fall. No lie!
The second was something else. There was a rose bush that when we moved in, produced beautiful red roses. What I didn’t know was it grew so much outward that our teenage son at the time had trouble mowing because the bush jutted out so. Like his mother, he likes a fast solution without a lot of thought, so he did what he thought was best—he mowed the area down and clipped the bush down to a small stub.
It was a ghastly sight and I was certain I’d never see anything flowery come from that patch of dirt ever again.
For a few seasons, that was the case. Then one year there were green leaves. Buds. But that was as far as things went.
Until this year.
The roses are a rich red, They are full and lush. I forgot how beautiful it was to step out and immediately see amazing color. The fragrance isn’t quite there, but that’s okay. I’m basking in the gorgeous view and wonderful message God showed me through the rebirth of these flowers.
You’re never too far gone.
That rose bush looked beyond hope. It was beaten down and left for dead. With time and healing, it’s back.
Just like us.
I love crafting characters who need the Lord’s redemption. I’ve met too many people who feel their sin is too great to be forgiven. I want readers to relate to my characters and find hope in their story. Where all hope seems lost for the hero or heroine, there’s a surrender moment where they realize nothing they have done ends their opportunity for a relationship with Christ.
In Match Made in Heaven, Dean Kellerman struggles with the truth that “as far as the east is from the west, so far has he removed our transgressions from us.” Psalms 103:12, NIV. Before Match Made in Heaven begins, Dean’s already confessed his sins of giving himself to a woman who was not his wife and living with her. When the relationship disintegrates, Dean repents and starts rebuilding his shattered life. As he moves in with his grandfather and finds a new job, he continues to beat himself up for the choices he made.
Can you relate? If you identify with Dean in any way, I hope my rose bush reminds you you’re never too far gone for God’s love. Ask for forgiveness and know in Christ, He has forgiven you.
Now, go out and smell the roses!
Have you ever had a relationship or situation like my roses that seemed beyond repair?