We know that plants can be used to heal, and part of that healing can be in the form of understanding symbols. Let’s take a look at how, when looking at the rose (and any plant) through Spiritual eyes, we can see God’s messages.
For ever since the world was created, people have seen the earth and sky. Through everything God made, they can clearly see his invisible qualities–his eternal power and divine nature. So they have no excuse for not knowing God. Romans 1:20
Rose, the Queen of Flowers. A symbol of love since time immemorial. It seems to be common knowledge worldwide that the rose is a symbol of the heart. Medicinally, rose is a tried-and-true ally for the strengthening the physical heart and soothing the emotional heart.
What Biblical messages can we see in the rose? Remember that for Spiritual matters, God is the teacher, not the plant. He can use plants to express His truths.
When we look at the rose as a symbol of the heart Spiritually, we see its thorns as a clear message to guard our hearts.
Above all else, guard your heart, for it affects everything you do. Proverbs 4:23
If God created the rose to heal the physical heart, and we know that His creation is a reflection of His qualities, what conclusion can we draw from this plant about God? He is the healer of our broken hearts.
He heals the brokenhearted, binding up their wounds. Psalms 147:3
By working with plants in this way- pondering the symbols you see- you can gain even deeper healing from revelations God shares with you about His creation. You can ask him to show you these types of connections.
2 Corinthians 2:10-12 But it was to us that God revealed these things by his Spirit. For his Spirit searches out everything and shows us God’s deep secrets. No one can know a person’s thoughts except that person’s own spirit, and no one can know God’s thoughts except God’s own Spirit. And we have received God’s Spirit (not the world’s spirit), so we can know the wonderful things God has freely given us.
The symbolism and message of heart-helping plants is confirmed when we look at the thorny Hawthorn tree–another medicine for the physical heart. Again we see that when dealing with the heart, thorns (protection, boundaries, awareness) are essential.
Thorns create boundaries. When you reach to pick a rose, or harvest berries, haws, and hips- good gifts of beauty, food, and medicine- you had better be mindful of the thorns. Thorns, thistles, and spines came when this world was cursed.
Genesis 3:18 Thorns also and thistles shall it bring forth to thee; and thou shalt eat the herb of the field;
Just as wild animals protect themselves with claws and teeth, plants have protection in their thorns. So they are symbolic of the curse, but some good came out of it in the form of protection from the fallen nature of creation.
Ironically, rose petals are healing to the skin and capable of mending the very wounds their thorns inflict, symbolizing a heart of forgiveness.
This heart of forgiveness was shown in its greatest form on the cross in Christ who bore our curse, symbolized in the crown of thorns on His head. He is the Curse Breaker. He is the Rose of Sharon- our forgiveness, healing, and freedom.…More, Please!