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UNFOLDING THE ROSEBUD OF GOD

UNFOLDING THE ROSEBUD GOD'S WILL FOR OUR LIVES

 

 

A young, new preacher was walking with an older, more seasoned preacher in the garden one day and feeling a bit insecure about what God had for him to do, he was inquiring of the older preacher. 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 for his ministry. Because of his high respect for the older preacher, he proceeded to try to unfold the rose, while keeping every petal in tact...it wasn't long before he realized how it was impossible to do so.

 

 

Noticing the younger preacher's inability to unfold the rosebud while keeping it in tact, the older preacher began to tell the following poem... --

THIS WAS GIVEN TO ME BY GOD IN 1974. AS I REMEMBER NOW, IT WAS A TIME OF CONFUSION AND BEWILDERMENT. I STUMBLED ACROSS A ROSEBUD AND STARTED TO OPEN IT, ONLY TO FIND OUT THAT IT JUST FELL APART LIKE MY LIFE EVERY TIME I TRIED TO HELP IT OUT.

 

UNFOLDING THE ROSEBUD

 

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 sweetly,

 

when in my hands they fade and die.

 

 

If I cannot unfold a rosebud,

 

this flower of GOD's design,

 

then how can I think I have wisdom

 

to unfold this life of mine?

 

 

So I'll trust in Him for His leading

 

each moment of every day.

 

I will look to Him for His guidance

 

each step of the pilgrim way.

 

 

The pathway that lies before me,

 

only my heavenly Father knows.

 

I'll trust Him to unfold the moments,

 

just as He unfolds the rose.

 

 

Pastor Darryl L. Brown

 


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