I was staring at a dandelion one time and I watched the wind catch the seeds. The stronger the gust, the more seeds were carried away to find fertile ground. They flew high into the air and were quickly out of sight, off to their new homes where they would continue to grow more dandelions.
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Let me tell you why I like dandelions, these little herbaceous plants, which others seem to detest, don’t just pollinate the ground around their parent plant. They go out into the world. Carried on the wind, they can travel as far as the air current lasts. They boldly travel far, having to trust that the wind will take them where they can take root and grow. There’s no timidity to dandelions. Reminds me of the expectation for the first Christians and their evangelical call from Christ:
“And they went out and proclaimed the good news everywhere, while the Lord worked with them and confirmed the message by the signs that accompanied it” (Mark 16:20 NRS).
Christ is the plant from which we spring forth. We are nurtured and grown until, like the dandelion seeds, we are ready to go out and continue the cycle of discipleship. The wind that carries us? The Holy Spirit, that breath of God, which animates our being and pushes us to fulfill our call. Dandelions are actually good companions for other plants, because it posses specialized roots that bring nutrients up to those plants that have shallower roots. Can you imagine Christians who are beneficial to those around them? I would hope so! Christians are called to care for those who cannot care for themselves, the widows and the orphans. We are called to be bearers of God’s grace and mercy for those the world rejects. Like the dandelion, which is widely disliked and condemned as a weed, Christians are not always looked upon well by the world, but we too have our place. More than that, we have our purpose, our call.
When was the last time to placed yourself fully in the power of the Holy Spirit and allowed God to send you where God wanted to plant you? When was the last time you saw yourself as part of the foundation from which God will spread the Gospel of Jesus Christ and bring the message of salvation to those who wander in darkness? We are to be deeply rooted and continue the cycle of discipleship, but we can only do that when we embrace who we are and go forth. We are grown by God, for God. Part of the creation God made and cultivated, we are those that are privileged to take our rightful place in Christ’s ministry. You can fall to the ground, or take off to new heights. “You lift me up on the wind, you make me ride on it” (Job 30:22).