A new associate pastor was being given a tour around the church property by the senior pastor. He was a bit insecure about his goals in life and asked this seasoned head pastor for some advice. The older preacher suddenly walked over to a rosebush and plucked off a rosebud and told his young assistant to try and open it without damaging any of the bright red petals.

The young assistant was somewhat amazed. Here he was asking his new mentor about finding the will of God for his life and ministry, and he was teaching him a lesson on horticulture. But he respected his new boss and proceeded to try and unfold the small rosebud. No matter how hard he tried, he realized that it would be impossible to open that little rose without damaging the petals.

When the senior pastor noticed that his young assistant was having trouble trying to unfold the rosebud, he asked if he could recite a poem to him. The young man nodded, Yes. So the pastor began:

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, it dies.

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 will trust my God to show me,
Just as He unfolds the rose.

A lot of times in life we too are faced with having to make adjustments that require a change or move or reevaluation of who we are and where we are. Too often, we try to open the rosebud of opportunity too fast because we want to see the outcome right away. In doing so, we often damage or even ruin our opportunity before it even begins. So why not do what this young minister and what the poem says to do? Just wait patiently for God to unfold this budding opportunity at the right time for it to blossom big and beautiful. Then you will be given the opportunity to thoroughly enjoy all the blessings He has in store for you. – Dr. Robert R. Seyda

About drbob76

Retired missionary, pastor, seminary professor, Board Certified Chaplain and American Cancer Society Hope Lodge Director.
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