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Ramblin' Rose

Her: I am a rose of Sharon,
        a lily found in one of the valleys.
Him: Like a lily among thorns, that is what she is;
        my dear is a captivating beauty among the young women.
Her: My love is like an apple tree in a wooded forest;
        he is a ripe tree among a grove of saplings, those young men.
    I sat beneath his ample shade, filled with such joy.
        I tasted the sweetness of his fruit and longed for more.
    He placed me at his banquet table,
        for everyone to see that his banner over me declares his love.
  -Song of Solomon 2:1-4, The Voice translation

Christians are meant to be Ramblin' Roses.  A Ramblin' Rose is a person who takes life as it comes.  They deal with each challenge, traveling through them.

Photo by: Erin Silversmith, CC BY-SA 3.0
A Ramblin' Rose Christian grows upward or sideways, depending on what structures that her husbandman, Our Father, puts before us.  The Ramblin' Rose Christian is a Wayfarer, like Jesus, on the move.

Christianity is a sending and going lifestyle.  The life is lived in the rambling.  Jesus is the vine from which the Christian grows, and The Father is the gardener.

We all live a life on The Vine of Christ, as Ramblin' Roses.  We were designed to learn "on the road', "on the way".  Disciples learn by hearing and doing, not by hearing and thinking.

The Christian life is grown or matured and made beautiful and fruitful by living, in the wild, of life.  Christianity grows free-range, organic, and wild.  We are in the wild, but under the great care of God.

We need to highly value our lives "out there", or "in the wild".



Ramblin' rose, ramblin' rose
Why you ramble, no one knows
Wild and wind-blown, that's how you've grown
Who can cling to a ramblin' rose?
Ramble on, ramble on
When your ramblin' days are gone
Who will love you with a love true
When your ramblin' days are gone?
Ramblin' rose, ramblin' rose
Why I want you, heaven knows
Though I love you with a love true
Who can cling to a ramblin' rose?
Ramblin' rose, ramblin' rose
Why I want you, heaven knows
Though I love you with a love true
Who can cling to a ramblin' rose?
-"Ramblin' Rose" (1962) by brothers Noel Sherman and Joe Sherman, popularized by Nat King Cole

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