Rosemead Kiwanis Club

   "Serving the Community Since 1945"






The Fax of Life

A weekly inspiration, courtesy of the Kiwanis Club of Scott's Valley

February 4, 2013                                             Volume 19, Number 14


God's Rosebud


A young, new minister was walking in the garden one day with an older, more seasoned minister. 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. He asked him to open it without tearing off any petals. The young preacher looked in disbelief at the older preacher. He 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.

Author unknown

Contributed by Kathie Mieiklejohn



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