Dandelion Lessons

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Have you ever been in a position in life where you just wanted to skip out on the the whole thing? I haven’t been there for many years, but I’ve been there, so I can certainly speak with authority. There are many who wisely chose a career path, and in so doing were positioned for contentment. And then there are those like myself who allowed the wind to blow me in whatever direction it so chose and I just went with it. And it seldom lead to a place of contentment: primarily caused by the fact that God wasn’t foremost in my life when I was in those tornados of torment. But having been saved a quarter of a century this year I feel as though I have some authority in that respect as well. Disclaimer, salvation didn’t bring contentment, my relationship with Christ brought contentment. But even that has moments of discontent caused by worldly influences that I allow to penetrate my spirit. Not the Spirit of God, but the spirit within me that likes to go the way the wind blows.

1 Corinthians 7:20-24 KJVS

[20] Let every man abide in the same calling wherein he was called. [21] Art thou called being a servant? care not for it: but if thou mayest be made free, use it rather. [22] For he that is called in the Lord, being a servant, is the Lord’s freeman: likewise also he that is called, being free, is Christ’s servant. [23] Ye are bought with a price; be not ye the servants of men. [24] Brethren, let every man, wherein he is called, therein abide with God.

Pauls words stung somewhat as I read them, for I have not been “abiding.”

If you look the word “abide” up in the New Oxford dictionary. The 1st definition is “accept or act in accordance with (a rule, decision, or recommendation):”

But, if you look it up in the 1828 dictionary the 1st definition given is “to wait for; be prepared for, to await.”

That’s what abiding in Christ is. Contentment, come what may. Just wait. But then the wind blows and distracts my thoughts, and away I go like those little fuzzy things on dandelions. I think there’s a reason our attraction to those weeds, even when they aggravate our landscape, doesn’t stop us from picking one, blowing on it and watching the wind carry them away. Or maybe that’s just me. But it seemed to describe my spirit this morning when Paul’s words reminded me that I was not abiding as I should be, therefore I was ripe for the picking as a dandelion on a spring lawn. And that’s not good. Because God wants His children grounded and stable.

The Same Calling

Paul said Let every man abide in the same calling where he was called. 

In 2005 I was called to be the Jesus Chick, in 2010 that call came to fruition as a website, and speaking opportunities. But here we are at the end of 2020 and I am still in many ways “waiting.” Speaking engagements in 2020 were postponed and some canceled. Singing and ministry opportunities were disallowed by the government and me being ministered to changed to the form of cyber church.

But Lord, how can it be the same calling, if everything’s changed?

It was at this point that I watched the dandelion video. Here’s the link: https://youtu.be/A6MZT7uf_5Y The same flower, but in it’s death it changed. Again Paul’s words pierced my soul. I’m not abiding…

My ministry never changed. The times around me did, the circumstances of my life did, but not the calling on my life. When Jesus came to this earth as a baby in a manger, for 30 years He abided in His Father. Awaiting the day when God’s plan would fulfill itself in the form of His crucifixion. It wasn’t a day He looked forward to, but He knew it was necessary. The prophets of old foretold it, His own words prophesied it in John 12:23-28 KJV

[23] And Jesus answered them, saying, The hour is come, that the Son of man should be glorified. [24] Verily, verily, I say unto you, Except a corn of wheat fall into the ground and die, it abideth alone: but if it die, it bringeth forth much fruit. [25] He that loveth his life shall lose it; and he that hateth his life in this world shall keep it unto life eternal. [26] If any man serve me, let him follow me; and where I am, there shall also my servant be: if any man serve me, him will my Father honour. [27] Now is my soul troubled; and what shall I say? Father, save me from this hour: but for this cause came I unto this hour. [28] Father, glorify thy name. Then came there a voice from heaven, saying, I have both glorified it, and will glorify it again.

And so it was in His death that the seeds of life were sown for we Who claim Him as our Savior. We’re given that renewed hope of life here and life eternal and we will have great fruit if we die to ourselves and allow Christ to work through us in the work He has called us for.

I think of how many dandelion seeds come from one little stubborn dandelion. And they are a stubborn plant. If you’ve ever pulled one up, you know! So my prayer today is this

Lord root me in the ground

As a dandelion in the spring

That digs itself deep in the earth

And waits for the sun to bring

Life giving rays of hope

That create flowers of beauty in gold

Which soon give way to seeds of life

Every time Your story is told.

Shari L. Johnson

I don’t know about you… but I needed the little dandelion lesson today. Root deep child of God and stand your ground, and spread the Name of Christ at every opportunity. Amen.

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