A friend sent the email to me and I had never seen it before.  Such a great reminder for every person God puts in our path.  As a mother it makes me think of my children, and how each is unique and special   🙂
                                                   author unknown

young, new preacher was walking with an older, more seasoned preacher 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 rose bush 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
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 petal
With these clumsy hands of mine.
The secret of unfolding flowers
Is not known to such as I.
GOD opens this flower so sweetly,
Then 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 Him for leading
Each moment of my day.

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.