THE ROSE OF SHARON
I am resting in an Adirondack chair in my yard reading my bible. Our cat Lulu joins me. A huge blue heron flies overhead, its wings casting a broad shadow over us. It flies into the trees outside our fence. I look down to my left as I catch a glimpse of Lulu’s head. I think she came to sit near me for protection as she also saw this awesome bird.
I stop reading and just relax for awhile in my chair. I look up and notice our scraggly rose bush has a branch with a large rose bloom that leans straight out towards me like it is trying to reach/touch me. I think of Yeshua (Jesus), the Rose of Sharon (rhymes with tone). Its luscious red color kisses my eyes. A light breeze lifts it up and down (but not the other roses), like it is waving to me, affirming that it is, in fact, Yeshua Himself – speaking to me.
“Hello My beloved….Yes I AM the Rose of Sharon, Yeshua, the one who loves you like a husband – your true husband. Keep your eyes fixed upon my beauty and my beautiful love for you, Tovah. Soon we will be together in My Kingdom, never to be separated again. Continue being faithful to Me to the very end. Take no other lovers..embrace not any false teaching. Ask My Holy Spirit for discernment and it will be given to you. Keep sharing the true gospel with others. Many do not like it when you speak of repentance, acceptance of My atoning sacrifice and obedience to my commandments. Take heart in that it pleases Me greatly that you continue to do so. I already told you that the servant (you) would not be any better treated than the Master(Me) so this should not surprise you. I know it is discouraging but you are in good company as the prophets before you were disparaged, stoned and killed. They now hold places of great honor in My kingdom. When discouragements come, sit before Me and lay your cares at My feet. I love you forever!”