The beautiful rose garden at Balboa Park was so fragrant and the roses were sensational. We were there the last few weeks in April and it was a sight to behold. I’m always amazed at the luring blooms that adorn the stalk of prominent thorns. Prickles are quick to grapple when you bend over to take in all the sweet smelling aromas of the garden. A rose is much like life, you have to bypass the growth steps, (thorns and briars) in order to reach the prize, (flower).
There is a talk by James E. Faust, entitled A Crown of Thorns, a Crown of Glory from April 2014 that can be found at the talk link in this sentence.
The talk relates the thorns to our life and how to avoid the dangers of the very real temptations that we individually must overcome. Here is a small excerpt from the talk:
“…..Likewise, mortality is “cursed” with the thorns of worldly temptation and the slivers of sin so that we can be tested and prove ourselves. This is necessary for our eternal progression. The Apostle Paul explained, “Lest I should be exalted above measure … , there was given to me a thorn in the flesh.” (2 Cor. 12:7.)…………..
“In our constantly changing world, may we continually cling to those things that do not change: to prayer, to faith, to saving covenants, to love of families, and to brotherhood. By removing the slivers of sin and the thorns of worldly temptation in our lives, and by denying ourselves and taking up our own cross and following the Savior, we can change a crown of thorns to a crown of glory……..”
I must conclude with my own advice, “Don’t let the thorns of life bring you down, remember the beautiful bloom and the sweet smell of the each individual rose as you travel down the path, we refer to as life. Enjoy the joy on your journey throughout your own possibilities and progression.”