When I was about 16 I discovered this poem that stuck with me through the years. I have tried to instill this truth into my children. As my daughter stands on the brink of womanhood, this is what I want for her:The Rose
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--
The flower God opens so sweetly
In my hands would 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 Him for His leading
Each moment of every day,
And I'll look to Him for His guidance
Each step of the pilgrim way.
For the pathway that lies before me
My Heavenly Father knows--
I'll trust Him to unfold the moments
Just as He unfolds the rose.