Today I want to share a poem by an unknown author called, God’s Rosebud. My dad sent the poem to me since he knows how I like to garden. It is a wonderful reminder to let God move in HIS time. Don’t try to force His hand or do things by yourself. If you do, you may end up ripping the petals off the work He has prepared for you to do. Wait on the Lord and allow Him to lead and guide you each day.
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 of the 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.
“You will show me the path of life; In Your presence is fullness of joy; At Your right hand are pleasures forevermore.” Psalm 16:11 (NKJV)