Crushed with a Purpose

  • June 2, 2017
  • #9155

When you feel overwhelmed by trials and disappointments in life, worshiping God is like a fragrant offering.

Crushed with a Purpose

Oh my, you should see the roses in my backyard!

Hi, I'm Joni Eareckson Tada and this June, I have been picking and plucking my Double Delight roses. In fact, take a minute when you have the chance and just go to my radio page at; would you? Because I’ve posted a photo of these incredibly beautiful roses. Over the last month, I’ve been asking friends to help me cut a few stems, you know, and place them in a vase or two around the house. Earlier this week, I placed a single stem of peach-colored roses in my bathroom, and this morning when I was getting up, I noticed that the little arrangement had just about had it. A bunch of the petals were lying on the bathroom counter, but as my friend reached to sweep them up in her hand to trash them, I said, "No, no, wait a minute. Here, would you just crush a couple of these petals and let me smell?" My friend went ahead and smashed them between her fingers, cupped the torn petals in her hand, lifted them to my face; I inhaled. Oh, what a glorious scent, like some expensive perfume. It was intoxicating that something dying, something torn and crushed could exude such sweetness. Wow!

And I tell you what, that metaphor was not lost on me. It reminded me of one of my favorite lines by an anonymous author who wrote:

“In the closing moments of this age, the Lord will have a people whose sole purpose for living is to please God with their lives. The Lord will take them farther and through more pain and conflicts than other believers. Outwardly, they will seem ‘smitten of God, and afflicted,’ as it says in Isaiah 53. Yet to God, they are His beloved. For when they are crushed, like the petals of a flower, they will exude a worship, the fragrance of which is so beautiful and rare that angels will weep in quiet awe at their surrender to the Lord.”

Wow, that’s a beautiful quote! And I have to ask, could that be you? Could I be describing you today? Do you feel the overwhelming pressure of being plucked and crushed? I know I sometimes do. I’ve told you before that I deal with pain now and then. The other week it was a sinus infection. Like, hello? But years in this wheelchair have taught me there is a rhyme; there is a reason; there is a plan and a purpose. And my life—your life—is to please God, to exude the fragrance of a life yielded, submitted, acquiesced, surrendered, and deferred to Him. And to do it so sweetly, not with a sour disposition, not with dragging your feet, but no, with a sweet surrender—no room for an attitude that grumbles and whines. Nothing pleasing when you smile on one hand, but on the other, are kind of like simmering with resentment deep down inside.

Our guide is Ephesians Chapter 5, verses 1-2 where it says, “Be imitators of God, therefore, just as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us as a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God.” Friend, did you get that? You and I are to be imitators of the Lord Jesus who if He gave Himself up as a fragrant offering, should we do or be any less? When we feel crushed by painful trials, it should help to know we are cupped in God’s hand. So friend, today you just may be one of those petals of a flower that God is crushing. Yes, it will hurt, but can you exude the fragrance of worship? Will you? And hey, I would really like to hear from you on this topic—especially if you need prayer in the midst of a crushing time. Just go to my radio page at and post: your comments, how we can pray for you, what your needs are. Let your confidence in God be a sacrificial offering because you are one of the highly beloved of the Lord!

© Joni and Friends


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