Thursday, May 15, 2014

Be Careful What You Wish For


My Grandmother used to say, "Be careful what you wish for because you just might get it". . .That was the first thing that popped into my head this past weekend as I glanced out the bedroom window and saw beautiful red Roses spilling over the white picket fence where no Roses had been planted. . .It's true that I wished for them. . .maybe a couple of weeks ago? . .I was telling John how I'd love to have climbing Roses--the old-fashioned kind--at the front fence. . .pointing out the place I'd put them. . .I had visions of a cottage garden. . .More than that, I've loved the climbers ever since I was a child. . .I mentally stuck the wish in the back of my mind, to be acted upon later.

You can only imagine my surprise when I awoke to find luscious wild Roses blooming in the very spot that I envisioned them. . .I can tell you, I blinked my eyes more than a few times!


Now, I know I don't have that kind of power--to wish something into existence. . .I can't wiggle my nose and make something appear. . .At the same time, I don't believe that anything happens by chance. . .that we don't journey through life alone. . .There are those unseen--who hover around us. . .watching. . .loving. . .helping us along the way. . .and sometimes leaving gifts.

I found myself standing in awe at the fence. . .touching the sweet blooms to make sure they were real. . .amazed once again that I'm not alone. . .I felt. . . . . .HUGGED. . . . .I can't explain it any better than that.


Sure. . .I can come up with other explanations of how this happened. . .A bird. . .A squirrel. . .An old planting that decided to grow. . .but, what made it happen in the exact spot I wanted roses? . . .Coincidence? . . .And, how did they grow so quickly, without us noticing them? . .Stranger things have happened. . .but this is pretty high on the list.


Later in the day, I returned to the roses with clippers in hand. . .to cut a bouquet. . . As I reached down to clip the first one, a thorn pricked my skin. . .'WHY do Roses have to have thorns?'--griping to myself. . 'They're too lovely to cause such pain'. . .I all but heard my Grandmother say, 'Well, you wished for them!'

A person has to be very careful with roses. . . Learning to maneuver around the prickly stem can be a sticky situation. . .(grin). . .You must watch where you place your fingers. . .and hold them gently once cut. . .yet, the whole process is worth it. . .There's such beauty in a Rose. . .

'Like LIFE!' I thought. . . .Exactly. . .Simply beautiful--once we learn to deal with the thorns.

 
'Some people grumble that roses have thorns. . .I am grateful that thorns have roses.'

As thankful as I was for the gift, I am just as thankful that along with it came a little more insight. . .a little more knowledge about how things work. . .a visual to refer to when times get hard. . .Isn't the Rose and it's thorns a wonderful example of how our struggles in life so often turn out to be a good thing? . . .Yes, Grandmother, you were right. . . .There will always be thorns in the garden (of Life). . .so we have to be careful what we wish for. . . .but I say where there's thorns, there's also Roses. . .and That's the real beauty of it.
 
Just a thought to start your day. . .





17 comments:

Cranberry Morning said...

I LOVE that quotation about the roses and thorns!! What a great attitude, huh!. And thank you for all those gorgeous images. Wow!

Pamela Gordon said...

Wow, I love your white fence and the gorgeous roses growing over it! What a wonderful blessing to see them there. The quote is perfect isn't it? Have a beautiful day!

LBP said...

There is nothing prettier than red roses spilling over a white fence! Someone certainly knew you wanted that!

Blessings

Linda

Debby Ray said...

Oh my, how gorgeous! What a lovely gift from God!

Suzan Sweatman said...

Well this could only happen to you lol - I've never wished a rose bush into actually " being " but I did plant a couple of climbing roses on the weekend - hope they look as gorgeous as yours.
Ok - I'm off to wish I'd win the lottery ( or something like that )
You've given me immeasurable hope here !
XOXO

Maureen Wyatt said...

You have brightened my day with this wonderful post! It has belief, wisdom and beauty all in one. Thank you.

Deb @ Frugal Little Bungalow said...

That's amazing. Do they have a scent like old-fashioned roses do ? If so perhaps something blew in or was dropped by a bird, etc from a roadside or field, but still...talk about a little miracle..my goodness, it's wonderful! :)

Dawn said...

How pretty, they are just beautiful.

Diane said...

Isn't it lovely how the roses just appeared along your fence. What a wise quotation, a reminder that life can be full of thorns, but we should always take time to enjoy the beauty that comes with it. Love the photos!

Junkchiccottage said...

Oh these are so pretty and they look so sweet with the white picket fence. They were made for each other. Love the quote too. Just gorgeous.
Kris

cynthia lee designs said...

What beautiful roses along your white fence!! Great post!!
hugs,
Cindy

Pam said...

Oh my, your roses look gorgeous spilling over the white picket fence!
Pam
scrap-n-sewgranny.blogspot.com

edie said...

Thank you. This post was just what I needed today. Love your blog, and look forward to each post. Now, take time to go smell those gorgeous roses a bit more.

Martha Ellen said...

What a lovely story of hope. Your rose will give you many years of enjoyment. ♥

Jann Olson said...

Wonderful thought and gorgeous roses! A gift from heaven. I agree, we all need a few thorns so that we can see the true beauty of the rose.
hugs,
Jann

Melanie said...

Love these thoughts...so wise and makes me re-evaluate my wishes and dreams. Have a great week!

Heide at ApronHistory said...

Beautiful! I am missing watching all the flowers emerge this year. I need to get cracking and get some planted!

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