I saw this adorable bed of petunias while walking through our charming little town. It got me thinking. Most of us have an ideal script for our life, a “Bed of Roses” scenario where everything works out just the way we want it.
Some of these Bed of Roses dreams are what social media tells us what we should desire (a perfect home, perfect family, perfect life). Some of these Bed of Roses scenarios are foisted upon us by others or family (become a doctor, lawyer or priest). But the truth is, a Bed of Roses can be painful and not as sweet as we think. Scenarios we think are going to be fabulous can end up being uncomfortable and not really our dream. Roses have thorns, their stems can be tough. Roses can take a lot of maintenance. For best results, you need to feed them, spray for blackspot, mildew and insects. Petunias are squishy soft and yielding. They are not as demanding or fussy in their upkeep.
I know people that have the proverbial Bed of Roses life. They have all the money they want. (If you had their money, you’d throw yours away!) But, their lives take a tremendous amount of management, work and attention. It’s not carefree. They have staff to manage, people who are always grabbing at their wallet and wanting donations for all their causes, and an overly packed social schedule (you gotta attend a lot of boring dinners and fundraisers). It can be thorny with all those expectations.
Petunias bloom repeatedly. They come in happy colors. Anybody can grow them—no special skills needed. They are carefree and they look great.
When life throws you a curve ball and you realize that the Bed of Roses dream for your life is escaping your grasp, relax. Trust that God is perhaps setting you up for a nicer landing. A change better than you could have imagined. A pirouette onto a Bed of Petunias!
If you want to learn more ways the garden can teach you about God’s work in your life, you’ll enjoy my book, Gardening Mercies—Finding God in Your Garden. Liz Curtis Higgs called it a “truly creative approach!” And Dolly Parton said, “I love all the sweet thoughts in it!”
Filled with observations, tips & tricks, this garden-themed devotional is a great group or individual help for Bible study.