Unfolding The Rose
A new minister was walking with an older, more
seasoned minister in the garden one day. Feeling
a bit insecure about what God had for him to do,
he was asking the older preacher for some advice.
The older preacher walked up to a rosebush and
handed the young preacher a rosebud and told him to
open it without tearing off any petals. The young
preacher looked in disbelief at the older preacher
and was trying to figure out what a rosebud could
possibly have to do with his wanting to know the
will of God for his life and ministry.
But because of his great respect for the older
preacher, he proceeded to try to unfold the rose,
while keeping every petal intact... It wasn't long
before he realized how impossible this was to do.
Noticing the younger preacher's inability to unfold
the rosebud without tearing it, the older preacher
began to recite the following poem...
It is only a tiny rosebud,
A flower of God's design;
But I cannot unfold the petals
With these clumsy hands of mine.
The secret of unfolding flowers
Is not known to such as I.
GOD opens this flower so easily,
But in my hands they die.
If I cannot unfold a rosebud,
This flower of God's design,
Then how can I have the wisdom
To unfold this life of mine?
So I'll trust in God for leading
Each moment of my day.
I will look to God for guidance
In each step of the way.
The path that lies before me,
Only my Lord knows.
I'll trust God to unfold the moments,
Just as He unfolds the rose.
Please share this poem with a friend if you enjoyed
being reminded to let go and let God unfold your life.
May God richly bless you today!