Thursday, February 13, 2014

Roses are Red, Violets are Blue -- Really?

            Roses are red, violets are blue, or are they? Most violets are purple. Blue is the exception. Open any crayon box, and you will find the color violet with purple in parentheses. Violet is purple, not blue. So why are we so accepting of the words in this poem that we have all heard and recited since childhood? Does this bother anyone but me? Probably not.
This made me wonder what else we take for granted that we have been told our entire lives without question. Idioms for example: Does crossing your fingers bring good luck? Do little birds really tell secrets? When it’s raining hard, have you ever been hit by a cat or a dog? Has curiosity really ever killed a cat? Well, maybe one of their nine lives; but do they really have eight more?
           What about brand names used for material goods--for example: Kleenex instead of tissue; Jell-o instead of gelatin; Band-Aid for adhesive bandage; Windex for glass cleaner; Q-Tip for cotton swab; Xerox instead of copy (this one is particularly annoying as my company sells Sharp copiers , so don’t Xerox it, copy it—on a Sharp). 
Is there anything constant and guaranteed? Are there any words we can trust without question? Oh, yes!
“The counsel of the Lord stands forever, The plans of His heart to all generations” (Psalm 33:11).
“The grass withers, the flower fades, But the word of our God stands forever” (Isaiah 40:8).
“But the word of the Lord endures forever” (I Peter 1:25).
               We can always depend on the word of the Lord, but don’t take my words or someone else’s words for God’s. Read them yourself in the Bible. You will be glad you did.
             That brings me to my next observation. Not all roses are red. Happy Valentine’s Day!

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