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
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
A flower of God's design;
But I cannot unfold the petals
With these clumsy hands of mine.
The secret of
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.
Contributed by Kathie Mieiklejohn
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