A Little Rain
But God Promises a Rose Garden
Country singer Lynn Anderson wrote and sang the lyrics of this song that made her internationally popular in the early 1970s: “I beg your pardon. I never promised you a rose garden. Along with the sunshine, there's gotta be a little rain some time.” From the standpoint of nature, she was very correct. You’ll never have roses if all you ever have is sunshine. There has to be rain some time.
However, Anderson was somewhat correct from a theological perspective, as well. With the entrance of sin, God allowed the consequence of sin to reveal itself. To Adam, God said, “By the sweat of your brow you will eat your food,” and to Eve, He said, “with painful labor you will give birth to children,” (Gen 3:19, 16). We all enjoy eating, but we don’t revel in having to work in order to have something to eat. Going through childbirth is indeed a painful experience, but to hear your child say, “I love you,” is priceless. There’s gotta be a little rain some time.
The Apostle Peter wrote encouragement to his fellow Christians when he said: “Dear friends, do not be surprised at the fiery ordeal that has come on you to test you, as though something strange were happening to you” (1 Peter 4:12). Challenges will come. Obstacles will be faced. Problems will arise. Don’t be surprised. Paul added the following words, in 2 Tim. 3:12, “In fact, everyone who wants to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will be persecuted.”
Even though we are distressed and grieved by trials, and our faith – which is much more precious than gold – is tested by fire, that kind of faith and trust in God will bring praise, honor, and glory to Jesus at the time of His return (1 Peter 1:5-7). That kind of faith is the real key to facing challenges along the pathway of life.
Today, God is not promising us a stress-free journey with no pain or suffering, and life without challenges and pitfalls. But He does promise that as by faith we look to Jesus, the Author and Finisher of our faith, we will be strengthened and upheld by His righteous right hand and He promises that He will never leave us or forsake us. “Cast your cares on the Lord and he will sustain you; he will never let the righteous be shaken,” says Psalm 55:22.
The truth is, God will have a garden––full of roses––for us in His new Garden of Eden. He has promised a “rose garden” for those who love and trust Him.