My roses are beautiful every year... there are two large rosebushes by the driveway... they are a bright pink color. They put on quite a show and we sure enjoy them.
I like the color... I like that they bloom more than once a year... I like that they are right out front so that we can see them from the living room... and every time we come and go. I love that they are so easy to care for. They were a Mother's Day gift from my family several years ago... not sure how many... maybe 8-10 or so. They have grown much in that time, but not excessively... just a nice amount. :)
Sometimes I will cut a couple of these roses and put them in a vase in the house... they look so pretty and last many days. My husband has complained that they are not as big as the roses at the florist... he is thinking of the big long stemmed roses. He's right... but I sure like these... in fact, I think I like these even better. Each rose is about 3 1/2" in diameter, so they are not small ones... I think they are just right. :)
We noticed some holes in the leaves... hmmm... it happens... not too alarming......
Hmmmm, we wondered what that was all about. After looking around, we found a big hole in one of the big roses. We didn't like that!
It seems it is a sawfly worm... and they can have 1-6 generations a season, depending on what kind it is! That set off some alarms... especially when we found out that they can defoliate the bushes. They will apparently drop down to the soil at some point and lay eggs which will hatch and come to do more damage to my roses. It is not something we can ignore as these could maybe even kill our beautiful bushes.
I realized that though these roses look beautiful... they are being destroyed from the inside. Though the damage isn't easily visible... it is there and it is happening and will spread. Ignoring it will lead to increased damage and severe consequences.
I also realized the obvious spiritual parallel. Wow, what a lesson to us. How many times do we still look GOOD on the outside... and yet have damage happening in our souls as we have allowed sin to have a place? Maybe it is envy.... or coveting... or unforgiveness.... fear... bitterness... or any other sin. Sin WILL hurt us and we dare not ignore it.... it will grow.... and spread and our heart will harden. I sure don't want that... and I would imagine all of us would be sobered by the idea.
Maybe if we pictured the sin in our hearts as like those little green worms in the roses... we would be more diligent to watch for them... and get rid of them!
Maybe it is time to ask... what does my heart look like... inside? How is my walk with the Lord? Am I harboring any sins? I love the verse in Psalm 51:10 "Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me."
Thank you for visiting today... I hope the roses of your soul are beautiful....inside and out. I hope you have a great week. :)
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