“...let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think...”
Webster's Dictionary describes briar a/k/a/ brier as a “prickly plant or shrub”.
In the Book, “Streams In The Desert” by author Mrs. Chrles E. Cowman she told a story about a briar. The story went like this: “In the ditch there grows a briar, scratching, tearing. It sighs within itself and says...Ah me, I cannot think what I was made for. I have no beauty and no worth. If only I were a bunch of violets on the bank, I might make somebody happy--but a briar! If I were but the oak tree whose branches come out so far and whose leaves make such sweet music as they rustle under the prodding of gentle breezes--then I would be of some good.
But now, here comes the gardener and digs up the briar by the roots and plants it in his garden. The briar is heard to mutter...He doesn't know me or he wouldn't waste his time like this. He will never get any good out of me--a wretched briar covered with prickers! But the gardener just laughs and says...If I cannot get any good out of you, maybe I can put some good into you. We shall see.
...One day the gardener came and made a little slit, put a tiny bud in it and fastened it there. After a few weeks the little briar rose was aflame with color, and its fragrance was most exquisite. What a transformation! There was now little resemblance to the scraggly, bedraggled briar whose first home was in the ditch.”
The story reminds me of Abraham and Sarah when they experienced a transformation in their life. At God's request, they left their country and their relatives, to live as nomads in a tent in the desert. Herbert Lockyer wrote, “He (Abraham) gave up a certainty for an uncertainty and went out not knowing whither he went. Willingly he surrendered the seen for the unseen.”
When Paul wrote to the Christians in Rome regarding change he stated: “let God transform (change) you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will know what God wants you to do, and you will know how good and pleasing and perfect His will really is”.
The gardener transformed/changed the briar into a briar rose which was aflame with color and had an exquisite fragrance. It was not just a prickly briar anymore that could never amount to anything. Abraham and Sarah allowed the divine Gardener(God) to change/transform them when they willingly left home to live in another land. Because of this transformation, later on, Abraham became the father of the Jewish nation.
As a Christian, you become a changed person when you allow the divine Gardener (God) to transform/change you and permit Him to place within you His desires. As that new person you will put forth the exquisite aroma of Jesus Christ.
Lord God, thank You for placing Your desires within us. Amen.
~ Ann Brock Ludington