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Monday, April 20, 2020
Does God Use Roses to Deliver His Messages? -- Laurean Brooks
Revised from Original post on April 14, 2012
seem to be harbingers in my life. Let me explain: My in-law’s rose
bush flourished every summer. Fragrant pink blooms had covered
it. After the blooming season in 1994, my mother-in-law passed away.
following summer, 1995, a single rose appeared. This was the only bloom the entire summer. Was God giving us a sign? Did this solitary rose represent my sweet mother-in-law who had joined Him in heaven?
The next summer, 1996, a solitary rose appeared again, in May, soon after my father-in-law was diagnosed with lung cancer. I couldn't help wondering what it meant.
Less than two months later, on July 1, my father-in-law
passed. After the funeral, I thought about the rose bush. When I checked it, I could hardly believe my eyes! Another pink rose flaunted itself next to the other bloom. Two people who dearly loved one another were reunited forever.
My husband and I now live one hill over from his parents' home place. Our yard is also graced with a rose bush. It conveniently blooms the week before Mother's Day. I can pick my mom a bouquet for the occasion.
This year a strange thing occurred. During the second week of April, one beautiful rose appeared high on the bush.
contemplated what the early rose meant. Was someone dear to me about to pass? I checked the bush the following day. Still, the one rose remained
days later I read the news online that my sweet soul sister and author, Sharon Donovan had passed away. I was heartbroken. Sharon was a treasure and an inspiration to all who knew her. We instantly bonded, sharing our joys and tears.
blind by the age of 25 from complications of diabetes, Sharon did not let her disability stop her. She pursued her dream of becoming an author by tackling and utilizing a special computer program that read the typed words back to her. Within five years, Sharon had several published romance novels to her credit.
The week following Sharon’s April 13th passing, my rosebush stood in full bloom, the once solitary bloom now surrounded by many others. I believe God sent the solitary rose to comfort me and to
let me know Sharon had joined Him in heaven But, what did the surrounding roses signify? Did these new blooms represent
Sharon's friends--the ones her sweetness and generosity touched while she dwelt among us? Through encouragement and love,
she blessed so many.
Sharon Donovan, after all these years, I still miss you. But I
can't quench the thrill you when I imagine you with perfect eyesight exploring the awesome wonders of heaven.
You loved roses. I can visualize your eyes opening wide at the sight of gorgeous flowers, streets of gold, and the crystal sea. Beauty beyond compare. A place no sickness,
no pain, and no tears can dwell. Where only love, pure joy, and laughter exist until eternity.
April 18, 2020 Note: The rose bush still blooms the week before Mother’s Day. My mother received her last bouquet from it in 2018, four months before she passed. I wonder if Mama and Sharon are enjoying one another’s company in heaven. I believe, if they've met, they have become fast friends.
not sure why God uses roses to relay messages to me. But it’s past mid-April again, and I am keeping a wary eye on that rose bush.