Remember when you were a child, and you’d run barefoot in the grass searching for dandelions? And it brought such simple delight, to feel the grass in your toes and the sun on your face and the wind in your hair, to search for these gems? And if you found them while they were still yellow, you’d pick a whole bunch of them to bring home to Mommy and Daddy, just proud as can be? And we knew Mommy and Daddy were touched by our sentiment but didn’t realize we were bringing them weeds?
And if you found them when they had already turned, you’d pick it and close your eyes and make a wish and watch each whisper of the dandelion float along with the wind and into the future?
Those were the purest of times, when our imaginations were vibrant and unending and our dreams were bigger than our present.
At what age do our imaginations lose their color and the limitations start to appear and our dreams get smaller and smaller? Because as children we delighted in the dandelion, and now as a parent I am one of the ones to see it as a weed. But Jesus said to be like the little children to enter the kingdom.
The dandelion is an amazing metaphor to our Christian life:
- It’s a perennial plant, lasting for an indefinitely long time; enduring; perpetual; everlasting; continuing; recurrent — as is our relationship to Christ and our life after death.
- The leaves of the dandelion will grow back if the tap root is left in tact — Jesus is our tap root.
- The seeds dispersed from the plant rapidly colonize the surrounding soil — just like our lives should be a witness to those surrounding us.
- After flowering is finished, the dried petals and stamens drop off — as do our sin nature and ungodly characteristics.
- The bracts then curve backwards and the parachute ball opens into a full sphere — just when we feel we are the most broken, we become something new.
- Finally the seed-parachutes expand and lift out — we go into our communities and into all the world and bring the seed of the Word to those around us.
Can that really just be a weed?