Yellow Rose Surprise

by Ginger Sanders @GingerSanders

Do all things without grumbling or disputing; so that you will prove yourselves to be blameless and innocent, children of God above reproach in the midst of a crooked and perverse generation among whom you appear as lights in the world, holding fast the word of life…  Philippians 2:14-16 NASB

This afternoon I had pleasant surprise when I went out to water my roses. I had planted them two years ago in a different spot, but they had failed to thrive. We had recently transplanted them in hopes that a sunnier location would give them a second chance.  

Since then, they have perked up, reaching upward as the sunrise catches them each morning, rising to the noonday sky. Then they cool for a bit in the shade of the trees until the setting sun again peaks through and bathes them in its golden light. 

Today, as I walked around the house lugging the hose pipe (water hose for those of you in the north!) to spray them with the cool water, I almost tripped over what awaited me. There among the little red rose buds and some weeds bloomed a beautiful yellow rose! Now how in the world did that yellow rose come up from those transplanted red roses? I was so excited!! For you see, the yellow rose is my very favorite rose of all!! 

The yellow rose stands tall and proud…any rose can be a red rose, but it takes something special to stand out from the rest. My daddy only gave me one rose in his lifetime. I was riding around with him one day and he had to stop at Roper’s Florist, because he had been doing some work for Mr. Roper. He told me to stay in his truck and he would be right back out. He came out with a tissue paper and handed it to me. I unwrapped it to find a long stem yellow rose. It was a moment I will never forget. 

As I stood there today, enjoying this beauty among the ordinary, I thought about how we as Christians live among the thorns and weeds in this world. There were other roses there, ordinary red roses, budding and blooming as they do. But then, there among them was one that was different, standing out with its glow and grace.

Paul told the Philippians to “do all things without grumbling or disputing; so that you will prove yourselves to be blameless and innocent, children of God above reproach in the midst of a crooked and perverse generation among whom  you appear as lights in the world, holding fast the word of life…” (Philippians 2:14-16 NASB). The Philippians were living in a pagan society, where the true God was not recognized. They regarded Caesar as deity, and found those who did not troublesome.

But rather than advising the Philippians to withdraw from this antagonistic population, he wanted them to live among them, holding fast to the truth of the gospel. They were to conduct themselves “in a manner worthy of the gospel; standing firm in one Spirit, with one mind striving together for the faith of the gospel” (Philippians 1:27 NASB). They had something to offer to those living in darkness. And as they followed the example of Jesus’ humility and love (2:5-8), they would stand out from the crowd like lights in an otherwise dark sky.

We should be like that rose; we should bloom right where we are planted. When we live out our salvation, following Jesus’ example, we will stand out by reflecting the light that shines on us. Like an unexpected yellow rose blooming among the ordinary.

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Ginger Sanders

About the author: Ginger Sanders has been a Chaplain Coordinator with the Billy Graham Rapid Response Team since 2008. Ginger and her husband, Denny, have responded to many disasters such as tornadoes, floods, and storms, as well as the Aurora and Sandy Hook shootings.

Ginger’s book, He Goes Before Us, features chaplains’ stories of God at work in disaster. She’s also written, and two children’s booksRound Eyes: An Adopted Child’s View of Love, and the award-winning Fireflies, which explains death to children with hope and love. Ginger also co-hosts a Christian television show and has appeared on numerous TV and radio shows. She and her husband of 50 years have four children and eleven beautiful grandchildren.

The Fog in Our Lives

by Ginger Sanders

Sitting out on our back porch, early before daybreak, coffee in hand, I watched as the silent fog crept across the waters. It started out on the main river, at the base of the mountain, then crawled into the lagoon by our home.   As I watched, the docks across the way quietly disappeared. It was almost smoky at first, then cloudy, then became a heavy mist and finally a total whiteout.

As I looked around, the lightness of the fog encircled the very place I was sitting. The screens on the porch dripped rivulets of water. The stillness of the moment was overwhelming. I was so reluctant to somehow break the beauty, I barely breathed.

I am not sure how much time passed as I sat, watching and waiting. It was then I noticed the dock across the lagoon was slowly reappearing. The fog’s lifting was just as subtle as it had descended, slow and quiet. Finally, the sun broke through the trees as the birds started to chirp.

The day had awakened, offering a new start, a new beginning for everyone.

I was reminded, as I sat in the stillness, of things that can gradually surround our being and soul, things like sin or depression. The takeover begins quietly, but eventually isolates us and makes clear vision nearly impossible.

The only sure remedy for things of that nature start creeping into our lives, is to give it to God. Jesus called Himself the Light of the World. He brings light to our spiritual darkness. When we bring Him what is overwhelming us, He will guide us through it. He is more than just a friend, He died for you and would do it again. He loves you that much. Be still, listen, let Him be the SON that comes upon your life and push away the fog of sin or depression.

Do you feel the call of God to give it all to Him? Don’t waste another minute sitting in the fog! It is time to let Him shine into your life and let your heart start singing to Him. He is waiting on you and has a plan for your life. Respond to His call today!

“Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends.” John 15:13 ESV

Step out of your own fog and find Jesus. If you need help doing this, please contact me at gingersanders0@gmail.com. If you have a praise or make a decision, please comment or let me hear from you so I can pray for you. In the meantime, I am already praying for YOU!! 

Ginger SandersAbout the author: Ginger Sanders has been a Chaplain Coordinator with the Billy Graham Rapid Response Team since 2008. Ginger and her husband, Denny, have responded to many disasters such as tornadoes, floods, and storms, as well as the Aurora and Sandy Hook shootings. She has authored He Goes Before Us, which features chaplains’ stories of God at work in disaster, and two children’s books: Round Eyes: An Adopted Child’s View of Love, and the award-winning Fireflies, which explains death to children with hope and love. Ginger also co-hosts a Christian television show and has appeared on numerous TV and radio shows. She and her husband of 50 years have four children and eleven beautiful grandchildren.

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Join the conversation: What are the things that are “fogging up” your life?