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July 6, 2011

God's Rosebud



A young, new minister was walking in the garden one day with an older, more seasoned minister.

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 along the way."

"The path that lies before me,
Only my Lord and Savior knows.
I'll trust God to unfold the moments,
Just as He unfolds the rose."

2 comments:

  1. I love your post, and it is so true. As a boomer, hopefully I am beginning to see some things more clearly, but that may only be because hindsite is everything. I just have confidence that God will grant me the wisdom to use the knowlege I have gained through a lifetime of experience to make good decisions

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  2. This poem is so lovely. My daughter is having a baby girl soon and she is calling her second name Rose. She has 2 sons as well. I will send this poem to her.

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