Rain. Lower temperatures. Shorter days. Trees shedding leaves. Rose petals turning brown. I’m not ready for change. But ready or not, change is coming. Today, I share a story about a friend who can teach us a lot about change . . .
Bev Friesen, an avid gardener, knows about transplanting flowers. She also knows about being transplanted. Growing up in Saskatchewan, she married a minister from Manitoba and moved to Ontario. A speaker and teacher in her own right, Bev worked alongside her husband, Ed, in several cities. While living in Cambridge, the Friesen’s only son Darren died in a tragic accident. His death didn’t prompt an immediate move to a new location but it meant adjusting to a new life, making new memories, memories that didn’t include Darren.
It was also in Cambridge that daughter Mila gifted Bev with a David Austin rose named Heritage. She gave it a special place in her garden. A few years later, Bev dug up the favorite rose and moved it to another garden in Sault Ste. Marie. Not seeming to mind the colder climate and shorter growing season, the rose again produced many long-stemmed beauties.
Eight years later, Ed passed away. Again, Bev moved. This time to Calgary, Alberta, not known for its gardens. There, she lived with her daughter, son-in-law and 3 grandchildren until she purchased her own home. The rose struggled through two western winters in Mila’s garden. After several inches of good soil was spread over the hard clay in Bev’s new yard, she planted a garden. The rose moved to its new home.
Three times, Bev and her beloved David Austin rose have been transplanted together. She wrote this about her fragrant friend –
The rose is a strong reminder to me that if I continue to look to Jesus the Author and Finisher of my faith, I can continue to grow and adjust to whatever circumstances He places me in. He is the sun and the rain in my life and He will never change. He causes us to survive under any circumstances and He helps us accept His sovereign plan for our lives. He is the Master Gardener. I’m glad to be planted in His garden where He will provide all that I need as long as He has a purpose for my being.
As God has built resilience into the rose, He’s equipped us to overcome the obstacles that change presents. The sun’s warmth will grace again, roses lift their stems toward heaven and praise Him with fragrance and bloom. Is change in God’s forecast for you? Remember the rose and take courage from it.
An interesting tidbit . . . Bev is the one who introduced me to Jesus Christ when I was fourteen and she a young pastor’s wife. Years later, she moved to Sault Ste. Marie when I was living there. It’s an understatement to say she’s been a blessing in my life and continues to be.