The Man and the RosebudThe Man and the Rosebud

There once was a man who was worried and paranoid about the future. He asked his enlightened master if everything would be alright in the future. “I know I should have faith. I’m still worried. What if things don’t go the way they should? Negative thoughts keep me from being able to enjoy my life. What if God doesn’t take care of me?” he said to his master. The master took a rosebud, gave it to the disciple, and said, “Your task is to unfold the bud keeping all the petals intact.” The disciple carefully began un-layering the rosebud. Soon, however, he realized it was not possible to unfold it without damaging the petals. “It’s not as simple as it looks. I’m sorry but at least some petals will be damaged,” he said to his master. In reply, the master took the rosebud from him and said: It is only a tiny rosebud, A flower of God’s design; But I cannot unfold the petals with these clumsy hands of mine either. The secret of unfolding flowers is not known to us mortals. God opens this flower so sweetly every morning. But 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 God for leading each moment of my day. I will look to God for His guidance each step of the way. The pathway that lies before me, Only God knows. I’ll trust Him to unfold the moments, Just as He unfolds the rose. “How much can you plan, after all? And how much do you want to plan?” the master continued. “Why do you want to keep everything in your hands? It’s tiring. Learn to let go. Who took care of you when you were in the womb? Who fed you when you didn’t even know how to speak? Who provided for you when you were too young to earn your own living? If you examine, you’ll find there was always someone there to take care of you. Sometimes letting go is simply reminding yourself that I’ve done whatever I could and now I must free myself from the outcome or the worry.” Have faith to let God open the rosebud and you experience the results.