I was thinking about what I should write about today and started to read some inspirational stories and one of them that I read today is called Open the Rose. Have a read.
OPEN THE ROSE
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 it was impossible to do so.
Noticing the younger preacher’s inability to unfold the rosebud while keeping it intact, the older preacher began to tell 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.
After reading this I thought to myself that many a time in our lives we often try to manage that which should be handled with the Divine.
When you think of how God works intricately in the fine details of our lives, the most important factor to any outcome is based on our measure of Faith.
In the same way where God says to us that those who are trusted with little can be trusted with much, He too is in this equation. If we can trust God with little, we should be able to trust Him for much, but how often do we allow God to function in the fine details of our lives? We in a way have a natural tendency to rely a lot on our human capacity to rationalize things and reason, but when we think of areas that require miracles…what room does rationality and reason play in such instances?
I think to some extent we no longer seek miracles because we are too busy trying to work out everything within our human limitations and capabilities even if they become done in vain. However, when our limitations are fully realized we then turn to God for miracles.
I feel that each day is a miracle and that when you start to thank God for every little victory you had in your day like for example, you needed something to work and function properly at work and for some reason…your computer starts acting up….pray for God to intervene…and poof voila…God starts making it work for you… (Disclaimer: I’m not saying that this happens all the time… this is a hypothetical example of your faith in action to seek God in this fictitious example).
Now it’s easy to forget to say “THANK YOU” in such instances because we just see it as a technical error…but if you prayed and then it started working…God must get the Glory even for such a small matter. I know that I have issues sometimes with technology and I pray for God to intervene…and let me tell you, it works people, but that’s all dependent on whether or not you can even trust God for even the minor details of your lives. It’s easy to explain it away as a technical glitch and ignore how God had a role to play to make it work…but that’s where we need to repent and give God honor where honor is due. You can’t claim miracles that were divine in nature to be your own doing when GOD divinely intervened by your faith in action through prayer.
This is how we drown out God in the fine details of our lives. We cannot afford to be this ungrateful to our Father God. Praise Him, Thank Him and INCLUDE HIM in all that you do. He is Sovereign and if you want Him to be Lord over your life… include Him in the minor details. You’ll always have a reason to give Him praise after that. He will feel moved to bless you more and more when you remember the name of the LORD.
The question is….where, what and whom are you putting our trust in????
Some trust in chariots
, and some in horses
; But we will remember the name of the LORD our God.
What I’m trying to say today is that… learn to trust God for little so that you can cultivate an attitude that is receptive to even larger and greater miracles yet to come in your life.
When you thank Him for the small stuff…it won’t be hard to give Him glory for even the big things. God is your beginning and the end of each day….so thank and praise Him every chance you get. The more you do this…the more you will start to see GOD operating in your life and in even in the minute details of your life. Some people lay in wait for big miracles to see God…but I’m telling you that miracles are happening everyday….but you have to consider the small ones first so that you can appreciate the big ones when they start to arrive at your address.
God loves to walk and talk with people all the time….but are we inclined to do the same?
We tune Him out of our lives very often when we try to manage everything in our limited human capacities and levels of understanding. If you want to understand God, allow Him in the minor details of your life so that you can see Him in the major details of your life. Don’t expect Big things from the Lord when you can’t even expect for Him to be present in something small. Consider that you reading this today is a miracle because you have eyes to see whereas a percentage of the population in this world is blind.
Food for thought. Marinate in this thought Today.
I have a song to minister to you today from Marvin Sapp called Lift those Hands. May it bless you today everybody!
“For My thoughts are not your thoughts
, Nor are your
ways,” says the LORD.
“Whoever can be trust
ed with very little
can also be trust
much, and whoever is dishonest with very little
will also be dishonest with
Trust in the LORD with all you
, And lean not on you
r own understanding;
[ By Faith We Understand
] Now faith is the substance
of things hoped for, the
evidence of things not seen.
Most assuredly, I say to you, he who believe
s in Me
has everlasting life.
He who believe
s in Me
, as the Scripture has said, out of his heart will flow rivers of living water.”
[ The Way, the Truth, and the Life
] “Let not your heart be troubled; you believe in
also in Me
[ The Answered Prayer
] “Most assuredly, I say to you, he who believe
s in Me
, the works that I do he will do also; and greater works than these he will do, because I go to My Father.