Revival of a Rose: RELEASE
Have you ever been guarded? Are you in that place right now? You know that feeling. Walls up, shut-down, fists clenched. No one is getting in. But sometimes letting no one in, even barricades Christ from bringing healing in.
Ironically there’s actually something that relates to us. It’s a rose. Did you know, they struggle with being guarded too? Guard petals are the name of the outermost petals of a rose. These petals are usually damaged, wilted, or not as bright as the rest of the flower. Their sole purpose is protecting the inner layers of the rose.
Isn’t that why we are so protective of ourselves? To protect the innermost parts because the pieces we’ve given outwardly have been damaged or hurt?
Vulnerability, insecurity, loss, disappointment, or pain.
The problem with guard petals is, although they serve a purpose of protection, they are ultimately meant to be peeled away. Once they’re peeled, the rose is given the opportunity to fully thrive. If they’re left on, the rose can die sooner.
"Then he said to them all: ' Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross daily and follow me." Luke 9:23 (NIV)
Jesus wants us to deny ourselves by fully releasing those protective layers keeping us from Him. To open ourselves up to breaking down our walls, and peeling those guard petals, so we can thrive and see beauty again. It’s a daily choice to invite Christ in. While it may be painful to start to peel that layer away, sis, I promise you have so much more freedom to gain!
Lord Jesus, you are so faithful to revive our hearts, our spirits, our minds. I ask that you bring peace to wash over my sisters who are struggling to let their guards down. Remind them they are worthy and that you have so much beauty to unveil in each and every one of them. Help us to seek you daily and to release our petals so that your will may be done. In Jesus name, Amen.