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.
My sisters sent this thoughtful piece to me and I felt that by sharing it, others would benefit greatly from it. Sometimes we forget to ask for help when situations in our lives are challenging or we take on herculean tasks we can’t complete. We might even imagine that we are alone in our struggles. If we give our best to a task, our effort will bear fruit. We can surrender our need to be perfect or right and admit that we have taken on more than we can manage… Ask for help. To err is human. More below!
When you pray boldly, you’re not being selfish. You’re not being greedy. You’re releasing your faith, and that gets God’s attention. Joel Osteen
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.”
The wisdom of this poem is that it is okay to acknowledge our limitations and ask for help. We are works in progress; unfolding like a magnificent flower into our own greatness and asking for help, divine or otherwise, goes a long way. We all look to something internal/external for comfort, grace and strength. Call it what you may and embrace it.
What are your thoughts? How would you describe your attitude towards asking for help? When do you know you have taken on a herculean task? Do you ask for help? What lessons could we learn form the Rosebud? Do share! Thank you.
*Please bear with me as I catch up on your blogs and commenting… I’m still recovering from a bronchial cold and will be back on track with reading and responding to your blogs soon. Thank you all for your patience!
Positive Motivation Tip: Be open to change and, like a rosebud, unfold into your divinity…
- Today’s Word With Joel Osteen – Believe And Receive (todaysanewday.wordpress.com)
- The God Of Comfort (theraysofsunshine.wordpress.com)
- Something Out of Nothing (theraysofsunshine.wordpress.com)