While shopping for flowers for my wife for Valentine’s Day, I decided to do something different this year. Instead of buying a dozen roses like I do every year, I bought some flowers in a pot. Call me unromantic, but I simply don’t like spending money on dead flowers (although I certainly will from time to time because . . . I love my wife!).
Sure, a dozen cut roses look great when you first buy them and bring them home. But their beauty doesn’t last long. A week or so later and the roses look just terrible. There’s nothing more pitiful than a dozen wilting, drooping, dried up roses prominently displayed in your living room!
Wouldn’t it be wonderful if there was such a thing as roses that never die? I don’t mean fake roses. I mean real roses — beautifully vibrant roses that continue on forever and ever. That might be the greatest Valentine’s gift ever!
I don’t know exactly what Heaven is going to be like, and I certainly don’t have any reason to believe there will be roses there. But if there are, they will live eternally. In the hymn “Where the Roses Never Fade,” the eternal beauty of Heaven is portrayed by the imagery of unfading roses.
Here are some of the lyrics: “I am going to a city where the streets with gold are laid, where the tree of life is blooming and the roses never fade. Here they bloom but for a season, soon their beauty is decayed; I am going to a city where the roses never fade.”
In Heaven we won’t have to worry about anything wilting, drooping, or dying. There is no death there (Rev. 21:4). All things will be made new (Rev. 21:5). The majesty and glory of Heaven will last for all eternity!
In Heaven we won’t have to worry about anything wilting, drooping, or dying.
The universe is fading away. God said through Isaiah, “And all the host of heaven will wear away, and the sky will be rolled up like a scroll; all their hosts will also wither away as a leaf withers from the vine, or as one withers from the fig tree” (Isa. 34:4).
The next time you buy flowers, remember this passage. It doesn’t matter what kind you buy, they will eventually wear away. So will your body, your possessions, and the entire universe.
Therefore, do not live for this earth. Live for Heaven, where there is no corruption (Matt. 6:19-21). Strive for the unfading crown of glory (1 Peter 5:4). Long for the eternal Paradise, the spiritual Garden of Eden where there will be life and hope and light forevermore — and where the roses never fade!