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The Roses in the Sand

Updated: Nov 19, 2020




I recently read 1 Kings 6. If you haven't read it I encourage you to. It is a very descriptive account of how Solomon built the temple of God. What I find amazing is that the Bible has incredible details about the structures God inspired His followers to build.


While I was reading this passage I asked the Holy Spirit, "Are these measurements important to remember? There are so many details about this building. Is there something I am missing?"


 

"Concerning this house that you are building, if you will walk in my statutes and obey my rules and keep all my commandments and walk in them, then I will establish my word with you,

which I spoke to David your father."

1 Kings 6:12

 

With some help from the Bible, a Strong's Concordance and Alexander Pagani's book, The Secrets to Deliverance, I received the revelation I was seeking. If the temple is a symbol for our bodies, the details given in the Bible can reveal secrets as to how we are created spiritually. I encourage you to seek this out on your own and ask the Lord to reveal this truth to you because it truly is the most interesting and important Bible reading and revelation I have had.


 

“Jesus answered them, “Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up.” The Jews then said, ‘It has taken forty-six years to build this temple, and will you raise it up in three days?’

But he was speaking about the temple of his body.”

John 2:19-22

 

I started thinking about what my rooms look liked spiritually. In the natural, I just white washed all my book cases and frames to pull off a inexpensive shabby chic look with what I had. Then I thought, if God used a building to represent the human body as His temple, then there could be a deeper meaning in painting everything white. Especially when all the furniture had been black and dark brown in my house for the last 10 years. God had been doing a serious white washing of my heart. It made such a difference, I wanted to paint everything white too!


 

By wisdom a house is built, and by understanding it is established;

by knowledge the rooms are filled with all precious and pleasant riches.”

Proverbs 24:3-4

 

“Jesus answered them, “Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up.” The Jews then said, ‘It has taken forty-six years to build this temple, and will you raise it up in three days?’

But he was speaking about the temple of his body.”

John 2:19-22

 

What does a rose in the sand have to do with any of this? Welcome to the world of 'Scavenger Hunts with Jesus.' Almost none of the clues fit together until the end and BAM! The Holy Spirit downloads in my spirit why all the details were important. Two days after I painted everything white, it was Thanksgiving. We had a cousin stay and she went the store and she said that she felt this odd pull to buy me roses. She actually passed by the stand once and then went back because she felt it so strong. What she didn’t know is that God gives me visions of roses. I usually see a quick vision of a vase of roses and they are different colors each time. Sometimes red, pink, yellow, peach with antique red on the petals… I had no idea why I had these visions of roses until tonight. 

When I looked at these roses tonight, I thought maybe the color meant something. I looked up what verses in the Bible mentioned roses. Then I asked the right question, "What do roses mean to me?" Instantly the Holy Spirit revealed a memory.

My mom used to plant roses in the sand.

 

"The wilderness and the solitary place shall be glad for them; and the desert shall rejoice, and blossom as the rose. It shall blossom abundantly, and rejoice even with joy and singing: the glory of Lebanon shall be given unto it, the excellency of Carmel and Sharon, they shall see the glory of the LORD, and the excellency of our God."

Isaiah 35:1-2 KJV

 

When I was 3 years old we moved from a little apartment near Shell Beach, California to a house on the Arroyo Grande Mesa. The house was on an acre of land, and on the other side of our driveway, there was a rectangular area approximately 8 ft by 5 ft full of sand. Unfortunately, I do not have exact measurements like the Bible, however I do remember that my mom decided to plant roses...in the sand. 


As I was writing this I decided to look up my old address and wow... did this place need some roses or what? Dirt was everywhere around us. Our house was  cute and you would have never known we lived right on the other side of a car junkyard (unless you tried to climb the fence, escape the dogs, and get to the tree house on the other side). My mom, who also loved Jesus with all her heart, didn't judge the landscape around her- she just decided to make it beautiful. Even when the soil she was given was the hardest type of soil to  grow anything, especially roses.

I loved those roses. I remember I would sit in the sand and look at the buds about to bloom. As soon as one of them bloomed, I wanted to pick it right away. I remember picking them and then wanting to tape them back on the plant... scotch tape didn't work out too well for this task. Roses are part of my childhood. The pure and innocent desires of my heart, which is why my Abba-Father gives me visions of roses. Incredible! He loves me so! I can't even put the right words to it.

This is why I felt compelled to write tonight-- because I saw another glimpse of how deep the Father's love is for me. He loves you that much too! He wants you to remember the things you loved when you were little-the simple beauty in life. Even in the harshest landscapes, there is always some beauty that can bring joy. The people who choose to create beauty in the midst of the ugliness understand what true joy is. That JOY comes from heaven. The people who choose to plant roses in the sand create legacies. It is not only for that moment, it is for the Kingdom of God. It is for the people who remember what it felt like when the lights were turned off in their room and someone helped them turn the light on. It is for the people whose memories were painted black, but someone helped white wash them. It is for the people who were thirsty in the desert and someone gave them water. 


Oceano Sand Dunes by my hometown of Arroyo Grande.


Isn’t that what Jesus did? Jesus is JOY in the harshest of landscapes. People thought Jesus was crazy and many of His own people hated Him and eventually killed Him. He left his comfortable home and ministered to the poor, walking from city to city, staying wherever people would let Him, and slept in boats during storms- all while in a human body just like ours. Sounds like an uncomfortable environment to me. Instead of complaining about the landscape He did something to make it beautiful. He healed people, He cast out demons, and He raised the dead. The miracles that these people experienced did more than help their situation. Jesus completely transformed them as well as their families and their children. He went up to the people no one would go up to- like the homeless we have on the street who are talking to themselves-and He would deliver them in an instant. 



 

That evening they brought to him many who were oppressed by demons, and he cast out the spirits with a word and healed all who were sick.”

Matthew 8:16

 

We need some more people like Jesus walking around this desert. We need some people who are willing to plant roses in the sand. It may seem impossible, but it really is more simple than people think.


Step 1: Invite Jesus over and ask Him to stay in your temple. The Holy Spirit is a great roommate who never complains. 


Step 2: Read the Bible and ask for revelation. 


Step 3: Look around the rooms in your temple. What furniture needs to be painted white? What things do you need to get rid of? What memories need a new perspective? Think about the simple beauty and good things that bring you joy and start decorating. 


Step 4: What does your landscape look like outside? Do you need to pull some weeds first? Are there some plants hanging out that aren’t the part of God’s master landscape for your life? Do you have a good water supply? Did you make sure the water was pure before drinking it? Get wise counsel. Ask the Holy Spirit where He wants you to go. 


Step 5: Once you start blooming, start planting more roses in the sand. Make sure you don’t forget to drink some water and pull the weeds on a regular basis. Show other people God’s goodness in your life by continuing to bloom, prune, and bloom again. Share your decorating and gardening secrets with the people the Holy Spirit puts on your heart so they can experience the heavenly joy you are living in. 




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