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What a Dandelion Can Show Us

Posted by Emma on April 30, 2009 | Filed under: Analogies,Christianity

I saw some dandelions today and it reminded me of something a wrote last year during dandelion season, so I pulled it out and decided to post it. 

What a Dandelion Can Show Us

dandelions1“A Dandelion?” You ask in surprise, “a dandelion is not pretty it’s not even a flower. It’s just a nasty weed.” “Yes, a dandelion,” I respond. “You are merely looking at it from behind colored glass. Glasses that have been colored by years of living. People have told you it’s a weed, you no longer look at it as anything beautiful, it’s something to be gotten rid of. But remember the early years of your childhood, or if you can’t remember look at the little girls and boys that are around. They love to pick the dandelions, make necklaces and boutiques out of them. They don’t consider them a good for nothing weed. They see something beautiful. There is something thrilling to a young one to have a field of dandelions to play in. Have you ever watched them? or perhaps there was a day in your past and you remember the delight of finding a field of dandelions during the spring and playing in them. What’s that you say, what am I getting at? I’ll tell you. I’m talking about a dandelion, that little good for nothing weed that infest your yard, only I’m telling you its not good for nothing. It is a beautiful flower. I’m off my rocker you say. Maybe. But ask the little girl who comes running with a big bouquet of them. She doesn’t think they are a good for nothing weed. In her eyes they are a beautiful flower. Ask the little boy who has gathered dozens of them and is taking them to his mother. He’s not going to say they’re a weed. His heart is filled with joy at the thought of how happy his mother is going to be to get these wonderful flowers. 

You see no beauty in them because your eyes are clouded over. Try and picture them through the eyes of an innocent child. What do you see? Something in which there is beauty but the knowledgeable miss it. It has been said ignorance is bliss. In some cases it is. Isn’t it wonderful to be able to enjoy life and see the simple pleasures, the beauty in a dandelion? Most people don’t see the simple beauty and blessings that come their way daily. They are to caught up in the busyness of life, they are looking through clouded glasses. When you take a moment and stop. When you look around you and see. When you listen and hear you will begin to see all the little things you missed, it will fill your heart with joy and you will find yourself praising God. 

  20090430erk0131 That was not were I was planning on going with this note. But it flowed to the quiet joys. I was actually going to talk of another way I see God and the christian life in a dandelions. Children find a special joy in dandelions because they are innocent and see them as a thing of beauty. We are told to have faith like a child. You see life differently when you have a simple faith. You are willing to take God at his word even when it doesn’t make sense. You see beauty in what others scoff at. You see other people’s needs differently as well. There are people out there who are like dandelions. Most people look at them as bad, something to be gotten rid of. But God sees them as humans He created and He loves them. As we conform to God and have a childlike faith we too will see them as things of beauty. Anything made in the image of God should be beautiful to our eyes, and we know that Christ died for them. But our eyes get clouded over as we lose the simple faith of a child and we start judging them, they looked bad to us, we want nothing to do with them. God doesn’t take that approach. He still loves the worst of sinner. We ought to look at people from God’s perspective with simple eyes and see the hidden beauty in them. 

When you take the time to look at a dandelion you realized that it is a complex flower, or weed. It is also pretty. If you really stop and study on you can understand what children find so delightful about them. But more importantly than stopping and looking at dandelions we need to stop and look at the people God’s created. Those “horrible sinners we want nothing to do with”. They are complex in their make up. They are beautiful through Christ’s cleansing work. There is much more to them than meets the eye. 

dandelions21“God, give me a childlike faith so that I may see the beauty in others and take delight in finding a field of “dandelions” that only need your transforming touch to become masterpieces of beauty. Give me your innocence and outlook on the world. Fill my heart with a passion for Thee, that I maybe set apart for Thee and may show the simple “dandelions” I meet how to become masterpieces that people will notice and see your beauty in. Most of all may I always keep you first and foremost. I know that will help me see life from your perspective and that is the best way to live. For Your glory and in Your Son, Jesus’, name, Amen.”

Actions and Effects

Posted by Emma on April 13, 2009 | Filed under: Daily Thought,Quotes,World Changer

“People should never underestimate the effect their actions can have on others, especially upon those who are closest to them and who are able to see whether their deeds are motivated by genuine dedication.”

When I read that it rang true. People watch us. We probably do not know everyone who watches us. If we knew people were always observing our actions, would we live differently? I would. The second part of the quote really stood out to me. I don’t generally think that those close to me will be effected by my actions. But it makes sense. They see more of the heart behind the action than anyone else. When those actions are motivated by genuine dedication to the Lord, it can make them stop and think. It is easy to play a part in front of those who do not know you, but it is hard in front of those who are close to you. Be real and act from a genuine dedication to God. If you are dedicated to God, He can use you in big ways. Do not forget or over look that fact. Live so that people are effected in a good way by your life!

Know God

Posted by Emma on April 6, 2009 | Filed under: Christianity,Daily Thought,Love

I was reading 1 John this morning. There is a lot of good stuff in that book. Several themes stood out to me: love, keeping God’s commandments and walking in the light, which results in being different from the world. All of these come from knowing God. “Beloved, let us love one another: for love is of God; and every one that loveth is born of God, and knoweth God.” 1 John 4:7.And hereby we do know that we know him, if we keep his commandments.” 1 John 2:3. “But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin.” 1 John 1:7. When we know God, His love flows through us to others. When we know God, we know what He wants us to do, His commandments and we want to do them. When we know God we will walk in the light to have fellowship with Him. “God is light, and in him is no darkness at all.” 1 John 1:5b. Really knowing God is a wonderful thing, but it doesn’t happen without some effort. This I know from personal experience. I’ve struggled with knowing God. I do believe on Jesus for my salvation, but just believing that Jesus died and rose again to forgive your sins is not knowing God. It goes way beyond that. Knowing God is to have a close relationship with Him, and it comes from spending time seeking Him. No relationship happens overnight. We should not expect our relationship with God to happen overnight. We must work at it. When we seek God, He promises to be found of us. You will find it to be a wonderful experience, not easy, but very blessed. So seek God, walk in the light, keep His commandments, and love unconditionally!

Prayer

Posted by Emma on April 5, 2009 | Filed under: Daily Thought,Prayer

Yesterday, I was finding it very hard to focus while praying. This is not unusual for me. I often find it hard to keep focused during pray, my mind tends to wander. Yesterday, I wondered why and almost immediately got an answer, because Satan does not want me to pray. Prayer is a powerful weapon. It is listed with the armor of the Lord in Ephesians 6. Prayer is not something to be taken lightly. The prayer of faith can do much. Satan knows this, do Christians know this? I often forget how important prayer is, but yesterday I was reminded of it and realized I need to take it more seriously and pray earnestly. We are in a battle. We must use all our weapons. We must pray with power!

Time

Posted by Emma on April 1, 2009 | Filed under: Daily Thought,Quotes,TIme

“Redeeming the time, because the days are evil.” Ephesians 5:16

“Determine never to be idle. No person will have occasion to complain of the want of time, who never loses any. It is wonderful how much may be done, if we are always doing.”
–Thomas Jefferson, letter to Martha Jefferson, 5 May 1787

Make good use of all the time you have been given, before wishing for more. If you do find that you need more, perhaps you are doing more than God would have you to be doing. Remember, time is a gift. Use it wisely.