The secret of the rose

December 3, 2015 by  
Filed under newsletter-miscellaneous

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  asked  the  older  preacher  for some  advice.  The  older  preacher  walked  up to  a  rosebush  and  handed  him  a  rosebud  and told  him  to  open  it  carefully  without  tearing off  any  of  the  petals.

rosebud

The  young  preacher  was baffled,  and  was  trying  to  figure  out  what  a rosebud  could  possibly  have  to  do  with  his wanting  to  know  the  will  and  plan  of  God  for his  life  and  ministry.  Nevertheless,  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.

Rose
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,
T his 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.

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

– fwd: vathan shettigar

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