Last Sunday, I took a little walk around town after church. Here in the mountains of Colorado, it may be nearly the middle of April, but we’re hesitant to actually call it spring for another month or two. There’s a chance we’ll get a foot of snow this weekend. In some places, wildflowers won’t make their appearance until July. We’re stuck in a sort of seasonal twilight; it is not as cold or snowy as winter, but the plants and animals are not ready to commit to the abundance of spring.
Which is why I was pleasantly surprised to see clusters of dandelions growing up from several cracks in the sidewalk and dotting yards here and there. Dandelions are one of my favorite flowers. They are soft, cheerful, and bright, they are still beautiful and enjoyable after their yellow fades and they turn into puffs made for children’s delight, and there is something about their stubborn, tenacious personality that makes me cheer more for them than for the landscapers who would try to banish them.
As I was admiring the dandelions, it occurred to me that we as Christians should be more like dandelions. These little yellow flowers can teach us a lot about living as children of God. How so?
- They have strong roots which make them hard to destroy.
- They can grow anywhere; they don’t need “ideal conditions” to thrive.
- They are simple and cheerful; they do not need to be flashy or popular.
- They serve many purposes and fill many needs – they nourish, heal, and encourage.
- They are resilient – attempts to destroy or discourage them only make them stronger.
- They spread seeds far and wide; they give of themselves and multiply in the face of strong winds and the changing seasons of life.
So what do you want to be? A beautiful but temperamental and fragile flower like and orchid, or will you be a dandelion?