The beauty in a flower is not in my mind represented in the Dandelion, however, my sweet little boys disagree. They excitedly bring me Dandelions in droves. Handfuls of Dandelion heads come running towards me in chubby little toddler hands daily. I have learned to appreciate the Dandelion more and more each day. Dandelions by definition are a weed. An undesired lawn pest run over by the sharp blades of the lawn mower at least weekly. Yet it prevails. It wins the spring battle of toughest weed. The seeds of a Dandelion spread for even up to 5 miles! Did you know all of the parts of a dandelion are useful; roots, leaves flower? It can be used for food, medicine and for dye.
The most interesting thing to me regarding the dandelion is that we turn our nose up at it. It is a sheep in wolves clothing right? It looks like a flower, BUT by definition it is a weed. We try to kill it, we mow it over, we don't decorate our houses with it and we do not desire to receive it on our 5th anniversary. This is not a celebrated flower, it is a thing of annoyance. Of course only God could create a plant, that is a weed and turn it into something that is a beautiful wish. You see the Dandelion over time, turns into a white puff ball of seeds. We pick that puff ball up and close our eyes tight to make a WISH. Then we blow the seeds out and scatter them out into the world. In essence our wishes make more Dandelions. What a concept!
You guys this is such a beautiful picture. Our lives aren't pretty, they are yucky and mucky. People who "have it all together" may look at us and think we are a weed. We may not be the hottest mom on the block, we may not wear or do or say all of the right things. They may mow over us and try to get rid of us. Listen sweet girl, when you've gone from a looking like a flower to feeling like a weed Jesus picks us up, breathes life into us and scatters us out to spread the love. To multiply and do the same. Here is hope in scripture:
Genesis 2:7 Then the LORD God formed man of dust from the ground, and BREATHED into his nostrils the BREATH of life; and man became a living being.
Job 33:4 The Spirit of God has made me, and the BREATH of the Almighty gives me life.
Revelation 11:11 But after the three and a half days, THE BREATH OF LIFE from God came into them and they stood on their feet; and great fear fell upon those who were watching them.
Friend you have life breathed into you by your creator. Do not discount your great worth. You are not a weed you are a wish. As God scooped you up he breathed life and scattered you out into the world, with a wish you would multiply and then return to him. He is counting the time till you return. You are a beautiful creation in him. You are a beauty among the ashes, a treasure. created with purpose. Let us no longer look at each others flaws, weaknesses, or disabilities but however look on God's creation and thank him for life breathed. I will look at women, all women and know my sweet Savior breathed life into her bones and scattered her out for a great purpose. Let us look on each other and ourselves in no other way.
I love Dandelions now and all other weeds that look like flowers like the picture above, they are a sweet reminder to my soul. I love you as my sweet sister. May you be reminded today you are a wish, scattered out into the community around you with purpose. You are BEAUTIFULLY, FEARFULLY and WONDERFULLY made by the Savior who loves you immensely.