“But only the redeemed will walk there, and those The Lord has rescued will return” (Isaiah 35: 9).

Sometimes when I cry
My heart becomes sad
But then I remember
He said rejoice and be glad

Sometimes when I surrender
The pain and distress
Again I am quickened
This is only a test

When the time is right
These things will work together
For the good of the One
In this storm with me to weather

Sometimes when my heart
Is fragile and aches
I’m reminded
We will awake

To righteousness and goodness
Grace and love
All streaming down
Likened to a heavenly dove

Weighty and glorious
Tender and light
No time to stumble
Fight the good fight

Sometimes when I cry
He dries my tears
Other times sits quietly
As I battle the fears

Sometimes in laughter
The regaling and fun
Everything is worth it
When I’m one with The Son

Sometimes is generic
Not really His Name
He is the Great I Am
Today and forever always the same

Christ The Lord is with us in laughter
Also in the pain
But never oh never
Is it without gain

© laurette laster 2019

New life emerges

Yesterday my heart jumped with excitement seeing the tiniest new rose bud. Can you find it? I don’t believe I’ve seen such a tiny bud.
This small plant is approximately 3X3” wide and about 3” high. A root from a rose bush I transplanted last year; freeing it from a pot to a bed. A very determined main root had grown through the drain in the bottom of the pot. In search of and finding the lush, nutrient rich, moist ground beneath, this root began to grow deep into the soil. I’ve protected this tiny shoot since noticing the growth.

I actually expected it would grow into a new rose bush. When cutting the root to free the rose bush from the pot, I believed and wondered. I was careful to cut the root, not wanting to uproot it. When noticing the new growth, immediately I placed a guard around this tender new shoot.

I’ve protected this tender shoot through the hot summer, watering it, prayed for it during the bitter harsh cold leaving it beneath leaves for mulch desiring so much for it to survive, guarded this new growth from being mowed down or forgotten. And yes, according to His promise, from Isaiah 55: 10-11 we have a new emerging rose bush.

How much more our God watches over the redeemed, and those not yet redeemed during this season.
The life springing forth from this root will be another beautiful white drift rose bush, soon bursting forth with life, flocked with fragrant white blooms, filling the air with a delightful aroma as only roses can. This gives me hope.

We can take comfort in knowing He will not fail. Yes we will awake, and yes we will rejoice in our God! For we are growing from the Main Root which is Christ our Lord, and He watches over our coming and our going from this day and forevermore. Because it is a promise from Him and we are the planting of The Lord, (Isaiah 61:3).

“They will enter Zion with singing, everlasting joy will crown their heads. Gladness and joy will overtake them, and sorrow and sighing will flee away”
(Isaiah 35: 9-10).

God bless you and keep you and make His face shine upon you and be gracious to you. The Lord cause His countenance to rise upon you and give you Shalom.

Until next time, thank you for listening with me. Laurette