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What Only God Can Do!
Christian Devotional by Pastor Cecil Thompson


Pastor
Cecil Thompson

Proverbs 3:3-6

"Let love and faithfulness never leave you; bind them around your neck, write them on the tablet of your heart. Then you will win favor and a good name in the sight of God and man. Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him, and He will make your paths straight."

Today I received the following from Bible Bill. You may want to contact him at for_sharing_truth@yahoo.com. The illustration is so poignant that it deserves to be shared as widely as possible.

LESSON OF THE ROSEBUD (Author unknown)

A 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 any of the 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 and unfold the rosebud while keeping every petal intact. It wasn’t long before he realized how impossible this was to do. Noticing the young 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 sweetly,
Then in my hands, they die.

If I cannot unfold a rosebud,
The 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.

I will look to Him for His guidance
Each step of the Pilgrim’s way.

Are you busy trying to open the petals of your life, only to discover that you are ripping them rather than unfolding them? The answer is in today’s Scripture: "Trust in the Lord with all your heart." Stop relying on your own intellect or abilities, but commit yourself totally to the Lord who can do what only God can do.

Blessings dear hearts. Draw near to God today, trust Him completely and be a blessing to others!

--- Pastor Cecil

 

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