A rose by any other name would still be a rose. But what about this hardy cool weather flower? The flower world must think it odd that we have adopted the name of this hardy spring time flower to use as a name to make fun of someone who wants a soft life.
I’ve had this conversation with backpackers who call someone who wants to turn back and go home to their soft beds ‘pansy’. I’m no expert botanist but this I know about the pansy, it is anything but a ‘pansy’. I wouldn’t plant any other flower outside in Idaho in the spring. They wouldn’t last. Only the pansy. Hardy. Strong. Enduring. Long suffering.
Next time someone calls you a pansy, could it be admiration for your hardy, strong, enduring, long suffering ways?
1 Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, 2 through whom also we have obtained our introduction by faith into this grace in which we stand; and we exult in hope of the glory of God. 3 And not only this, but we also exult in our tribulations, knowing that tribulation brings about perseverance; 4 and perseverance, proven character; and proven character, hope; 5 and hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out within our hearts through the Holy Spirit who was given to us.
Romans 5:1-5 (NASB)