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Love those dandelions!

June 9, 2008

by Rev. Bill Hillyer Saving Grace Lutheran Church, Delano

For the past few weeks, I have watched a very common scene played out several times in our neighborhood.

Usually, it involves a very young girl picking dandelions in her yard. Finally, satisfied with the number and the arrangement, the youngster will walk over to the side of the house, where her mother is working on the flower bed or doing yard work, and get her Mom’s attention.

As the mother looks up, she sees the excitement and joy of giving dandelions written all over her little girl’s face. And of course, Mom always thanks her profusely and assures her that this particular dandelion bouquet is one of the most beautiful flower arrangements she has ever received. With her mission successfully accomplished, the young girl (or boy) then runs off to play with friends.

Now, for a bystander like myself, watching from outside of this relationship, the tendency would be to think, “Come on, they are only dandelions. They’re just weeds, everyone else pulls them or sprays them to get rid of them.”

It is true, dandelions are just weeds, and they are everywhere. And since we get so tired of trying to keep them out of our yards, by the end of spring, we actually forget how pretty they really are.

Have you ever stopped to think that our Heavenly Father is a lot like a dandelion? He comes to us in an abundance of blessings and gifts that include food, clothing, jobs, houses, mothers and fathers, schools, and teachers.

Everything we have is a gift from God. He surrounds us with His goodness. But, since these blessings and gifts are around us all the time, we tend to forget where they’ve come from. We take them for granted, and we even forget to thank God for all He has given us.

For instance, the most important gift and blessing ever given to mankind is Jesus Christ, who died on a cross to take away the sins that we have committed. And, as Easter Sunday testifies, Jesus rose again from the dead overcoming sin and death forever – all for you and for me.

How quickly do we forget the importance of Easter? The cares of this life, and the busyness of keeping ahead of the bills takes priority – just like those pesky dandelions that keep popping up no matter how many times you pull them.

But, as I mentioned earlier, God is a lot like a dandelion, too. For no matter what problems and priorities creep into your life, the love of God will keep popping back in to assure you that God is aware of your troubles and that He is always available for you.

Jesus told us in Matthew 6:34 not to “worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.” That is why we have the Easter story. It reminds and assures us that even in the midst of chaos and trouble, God is aware and understands.

Jesus also reminds us that He knows what we are going through. In fact, in John 16:33, He assures us by saying “I have told you these things, so that in Me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”

So take the time to look at all the dandelions. Not only do they remind us that summer is finally here, but they can also remind us that Jesus rose from the dead, no matter how hard the devil tried to stop Him, and He has overcome everything in this world that can keep us from the real peace and joy that only He can give.