The Unfolding of a Rose

Morning Story and Dilbert

Vintage Dilbert
May 24, 2002

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 intact…It wasn’t long before he realized how impossible it was to do so. Noticing the younger preacher’s inability to unfold the rosebud while keeping it intact, 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 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.”

Author - Bryan T Burgess


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17 comments
  1. Such a simple concept we all fall short understanding, so eloquently written! Thanks for the post!

  2. Beautiful…so many of us need this encouragement daily…to trust God to guide us. Less of us, more of Him!

  3. So very true! Have a great weekend, Kenny T! 🙂 Dave

  4. Great reminder not to push when God is at work: God will reveal real beauty in God’s time!
    What a great perspective realignment 🙂
    Thanks Kenny T! And be blessed!

  5. mtetar said:

    Amen! True, and well said. Be Blessed, Mtetar

  6. Anonymous said:

    So true … I like this message.

  7. Now that’s a memorable story! I also appreciate Bill Hogan’s summary, above. Thank you, Kenny for another meaningful post.

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