The Cherokee Rose is the state flower of Georgia. It is beautiful, as you can see. Typically, this rose is a climber, but if you don’t give it anything to climb, it climbs itself. This bush is a mound about 6 feet tall and 15 feet wide. And, again, this year has been its best ever for blooming. But, you do have to watch for the thorns. The stems can get 1-1/2 inches thick and the thorns nearly an inch high.
“And they clothed him in a purple cloak, and twisting together a crown of thorns, they put it on him.” Mark 15:17 ESV
The photograph shows well the beauty of God’s Creation, and should be a good reminder of the beauty of our salvation through God’s love. The thorns on the rose, and the verse above are reminders that our beautiful salvation, though freely given to us, came at a very high price.
Thorny Vine Closeup
A wicked surprise in the back forty!
When I cleared out the underbrush in the area of cut pines (referred to as the new landscape area in previous blogs), I found a lot of self started pine seedlings. I couldn’t bring myself to pull them up and throw them on the brush pile, so, I decided to replant them in other areas – like the “back forty”. I call it that because it is the back of the property – nowhere near forty acres – maybe 2?
I took my bundle of seedlings, used a hand held edger as a dibble, and started walking and planting in no particular pattern. I backed up in one place and felt something grabbing my pants leg. When I looked down I saw the most wicked vine I’ve ever seen. I looked around it and found it was one of several in a group as seen in the picture. When I showed Sharon the picture, she said I needed something to kill them graveyard dead. I think she’s right.
Several thoughts come to mind. I can imagine these as the vines around the castle where Sleeping Beauty was (or was it Snow White?). Either way, a Prince Charming would have to be strong and courageous to take them on.
It definitely is a picture of the results of man’s fall into sin. Imagine the beauty of other vines like jasmine and clematis, in contrast to these.
And, especially imagine a crown of thorns made of these. What a brutal thing to endure. Yet, our Lord endured the cross and the thorns and the humiliation all for the joy set before Him – the salvation of His children! Praise the Lord for His Love.
“looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him, endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God.” Hebrews 12:2 ESV