One sunny afternoon 24 years ago during the merry month of May, our doorbell rang loudly. When I opened our front door, to my sheer delight there stood our precious grandkiddos, Aaron and Hannah. Along with their sweet mamma, the three of them came bearing my Mother’s Day gift. Two-year-old Hannah was just as pleased as she could be while handing me a miniature yellow rose bush nestled inside a dark green, plastic holder. Aaron, her three-year-old brother, and Hannah had hand-selected this for me. Perhaps our beautiful daughter, Cathie, had steered them toward my all-time favorite flower when selecting such a thoughtful gift. The epiphany of light, grace, and the yellow roses just happened to come together this weekend. I think God in His goodness plants and plans serendipity along life’s paths just for us, don’t you?
When I looked at the two, bright yellow roses in my herb garden late Friday afternoon, they reminded me of looking into the bright eyes of our older set of grandkiddos all those years ago. It was as if the two, miniature yellow roses were saying, “Hi, Grandma!,” which made my heart smile.
Light & Grace
I felt stirred by The Holy Spirit to consult the meanings of our grandkiddos’ names.
Aaron means “bringer of light.” Psalm 27:1 accompanies his name, “The Lord is my light and my salvation; Whom shall I fear? The Lord is the strength of my life; Of whom shall I be afraid?”
The name Hannah exudes “grace and full of grace.” The suggested lifetime scripture verse for her name is Psalm 84:11, “For the Lord God is a sun and shield; The Lord will give grace and glory; No good thing will He withhold From those who walk uprightly.”
Flowers, Roses & The Color Yellow
(A) Flowers symbolize glory, prosperity, joy, the offering of praise to Jesus, life in and of itself, the upright in heart, and clothing.
(B) And what woman doesn’t love roses which speak of love, beauty, Jesus Christ (the Rose of Sharon – Song of Solomon 2:1), and the church?
According to our daughter, Cathie, who’s also a very talented free-lance artist, yellow roses represent friendship. Cathie spent innumerable hours illustrating her beautiful book titled, Victorian Flora – Language of Flowers Handbook. I enjoy just sitting down and looking through the beautiful artwork and all of the history and background for each of the flowers. I’ve even used it in dream interpretation and decoding of prophetic visions.
(C) The color yellow represents welcoming (think of the yellow ribbons tied around trees as America waited for her soldiers to return from the various wars in which we’ve been engaged over the centuries), friendship, and the glory of God.
During my younger years, yellow was near the bottom of my favorite color list. However, I’m discovering as I continue to walk with Jesus that the soft, buttercup yellow color really ministers to my soul and spirit. Do you happen to like the color yellow? When kitchen wallpaper was the rage, it was not uncommon to have a combination of yellow and blue as it represents the opposite spectrum of the color wheel and is most soothing to the eyes.
Resilient Roses & Weathering Life’s Storms
In real life, this little rosebush is thriving like never before! It’s weathered two major transplants, numerous disease infestations along with severe winters and cold weather. In fact, during some previous winters, we’ve lost other rose bushes, but this little, hearty one is still with us, thankfully.
Prophetic Insights For Daily Living
#1. God’s grace (drawing upon the meaning of the name Hannah) helps us to weather the storms in our lives that don’t necessarily arrive during the stormy weather seasons. Can you think of a time when He has helped you through one or more of them? God, Jesus, and The Holy Spirit are faithful even during the severest storm.
#2. Continuing with the theme of Hannah, full of grace, in which areas of your life do you need more grace? What’s your favorite scripture pertaining to grace? At the top of my list is Ephesians 2:8-9, “For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast.”
True Christianity and Bible-believing and teaching churches add no works to salvation itself as this came through Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior, and Him alone. The cults mandate works to their man-made methods of salvation. Yes, faith without works is dead, (James 2:14-17), but this is entirely different than adding some type of works in order for man to be saved. Our good works in God’s kingdom follow after we have accepted Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior (Romans 10:9-10). It’s by grace that we have been saved.
#3. Aaron, the bringer of light, adds life, strength, salvation, and lack of fear in our walk with Jesus. Do you have fear other than the holy, reverential fear of God in your life? If so, what is causing it? Have you been able to discern the root of it? Fear brings torment, but perfect love casts out fear. (1 John 4:18)
Flowers Send Their Own Invitations
God’s creation is beyond amazing! Flowers send their own invitations to look at them, smell them, enjoy them, compare them, send them, decorate with them, and celebrate with them. The attributes of God are also reflected in the meanings of flowers such as love, friendship, guidance, reflection, prayer, reliance, justice, mercy, longsuffering, and many others.
What is your favorite flower, and what message is God sending you through it?
Have you experienced God’s manner of serendipity in the past? Did it help to bolster your faith in Him and appreciation for Him?
The decade of the 70s is known for lots of things including plastic flowers and colored water. Some décor included a vase filled with this combination along with harvest orange and sage green hues of appliances, carpets, drapes, wall paint, and so forth throughout a house or apartment. That may sound ghastly now, but some women decorated their homes accordingly during this time frame.
If you live in an area that doesn’t tolerate rose bushes very well or they’re not your preference, perhaps you could round up a plastic yellow rose or a photo of one. Granted, you wouldn’t be able to stop and smell the roses, but it could serve as a loving, friendly reminder of God’s light and grace shed down upon you every day.
Sheila Eismann, Prophetic Seer, Blogger, Author & Teacher, publishes her weekly blog posts endeavoring to encourage others through God’s word. Her writings include teaching and instructions on how to apply prophetic insights for daily living.
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