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Can You Unfold A Rosebud?

Can You Unfold A Rosebud?

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."