Scripture Thought for the Week: “No one lights a lamp and puts it in a place where it will be hidden, or under a bowl. Instead he puts it on its stand, so that those who come in may see the light.” Luke 11:33
As I contemplated what I would write this week as I continue to give tribute to those who have dealt with breast cancer or are dealing with this diagnosis, I wondered what I could share that I haven’t written about in the past. Being a breast cancer survivor I know the importance of bringing attention to this worthy cause and also giving alms to the Great Physician, our Lord Jesus Christ.
I discovered this poem that I think is a beautiful reminder that although we cannot understand the mind of God, He is sufficient regardless of our journey.
Unfolding the Rose
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 pedals. 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.
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.
Lord, thank you for those who have become survivors of breast cancer. As children of the King of Kings and Lord of Lords, aid us to never hide the light of truth regarding our faith in you. Just as you made known you were the Son of the Most High God, may we stand true, tall and strong in that announcement today. Thank you for those who surround us in a time of need to encourage our souls, pray for us, walk alongside us and make our loads lighter and may we never forget those who have been healed eternally from breast cancer.
In Jesus’ name, Amen.