Scripture Passage: Jeremiah 17:8
“They will be like a tree planted by the water that sends out its roots by the stream. It does not fear when heat comes; its leaves are always green. It has no worries in a year of drought and never fails to bear fruit."
A few months ago I was walking Mimi to school and I noticed a corner lawn that we passed daily. It was a bit barren with the grass short and dry, but it was full of dandelions in the fluff stage! I felt the Lord tell me to pay attention.
Dandelions are kind of mystical and magical when you’re a kid – there’s just something so delightful about sending the bits of fluff dancing through the air with a puff of your own breath. As I pursued this thought about dandelions, though, I learned several things. First, the cheerful bright yellow flowers growing close to the ground are actually clusters of tiny individual flowers. Each petal is a single flower! Second, in the seed/fluff stage, my favorite stage, the stem grows much taller to catch the wind for optimal seed dispersal. Finally, and many gardeners know this, dandelions have extremely strong and deep roots that make them very hard to eradicate from the well-kept yard.
So what does this have to do with our church or our spiritual lives? What did the Lord want to show me that day? That sunny, glowing bloom is like the church, our church – all the tiny petal-flowers joined in a pleasing symmetry that catches the eye in the green grass. Our church family gathered together is an attractive example of unity and love in our communities. In time, though, those flowers need to stand taller and transform into beautiful feathery carriers of the Kingdom that are moved by the breath of God. We are meant to carry His Word and His Kingdom to multiply exponentially in the world around us. In all this, our roots are deep and they are growing ever deeper as we hold on to who God is, especially in this tough season.
He has made us to be remarkably resilient and steadfast as a family, with generations of Kingdom carriers who have brought us to this place and who are growing up alongside us. Let’s grow deeper and higher so we can be ready to be moved and used by the Lord!