The dandelion. Probably one of the most disliked, unappreciated “weeds” in God’s creation.
But did you know that the dandelion is also considered an herb? It’s greens are sometimes used in salads and it’s flowers to make dandelion wine. The dandelion also plays a very important part in the pollinating of fruit trees.
I, for one, love dandelions! I enjoy seeing their bright yellow round flowers poking up through the grass giving a nice contrast to what would otherwise be a very boring all green lawn.
And have you ever closely inspected a dandelion? So many beautiful, intricate petals that God not only so carefully and lovingly designed, but He also knows exactly how many petals each one has!
We have a lot in common with the dandelion. We too have been carefully and lovingly created by that same God who like the petals of a dandelion, knows the number of hairs on each of our heads.
Eventually though, those beautiful bright yellow petals, as they age and mature, turn to a silver gray. The winds of time blow on the dandelion and one by one the beautiful petals which have now turned to seed, leave it’s life giving stem, and are carried off to an unknown destination.
Yes, that dandelion may seemingly be gone, but it’s life giving seeds, having been carried away by the winds, have landed in new soil, in new locations. Some are taking root right in its own yard, while other seeds having taken root in places much further away, will give life to new dandelions, helping trees elsewhere to bear fruit.
We too, age, mature and turn gray just like the dandelion. Eventually the winds of time will blow over us and we will be no more. We too, like the dandelion will leave some sort of seed behind.
But unlike the dandelion, we have the ability to be more purposeful in where and whom we plant our seeds. By letting God’s light and love shine through us, we can plant good seeds; seeds of truth, righteousness, love, kindness, and forgiveness, in those closest to us or in the farthest of places that we can’t even begin to imagine!
I don’t know about you, but I want to plant seeds that will help those after me to grow and bear much fruit for God and His kingdom.
Why not let God’s love and light shine through you while you are still in full bloom!