When you read the term dandelion, what is the first thought that comes to mind? More than likely it was something less than favorable. Most children tend to love them and most lawn care enthusiasts despise them. I asked someone walking by what they thought about dandelions and the response, “I hate those things!” but why?
Most consider the dandelion to be nothing more than a useless weed that destroys their lawns but did you know the dandelion is actually an herb? It has been used for centuries in Europe, Asia, and North America to treat a wide variety of ailments, including loss of appetite, upset stomach, intestinal gas, gallstones, joint pain, muscle aches, eczema, and bruises. Dandelion is also used to increase urine production and as a laxative to increase bowel movements. It is also used as skin toner, blood tonic, and digestive tonic. Some people use dandelion to treat infection, especially viral infections, and cancer. In foods, dandelion is used as salad greens, and in soups, wine, beer, and teas. The roasted root is used as a coffee substitute. (source: WebMD)
It’s interesting to me that something with the potential to be so helpful, useful and beneficial, possibly even life changing – is hated, despised, ignored, and maligned. It’s considered to be good for nothing more than being trodden under foot by the majority of the population. Sorta reminds me of the Word of God.
Parable of the Dandelion
I can almost imagine Jesus saying he who has ears to hear, let him hear. Consider the dandelion, it’s flower is yellowish and small, and when it’s fully matured it produces hundreds of seeds. Then when it is picked and it’s seeds blown, they are dispersed by the wind far and wide. Some seeds fell along the path, some fell on rocky ground, other seeds fell among thorns, and still other seeds fell on good soil and produced other dandelions, some a hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty. He who has ears, let him hear.
Lord please explain to us this parable of the dandelion…..Hear then the parable of the dandelion. The dandelion is one of God’s elect, chosen before the foundation of the world to carry His Word to everywhere the Holy Spirit directs, making disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.
1 Peter 1:
13 Therefore, preparing your minds for action, and being sober-minded, set your hope fully on the grace that will be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ. 14 As obedient children, do not be conformed to the passions of your former ignorance, 15 but as he who called you is holy, you also be holy in all your conduct,16 since it is written, “You shall be holy, for I am holy.” 17 And if you call on him as Father who judges impartially according to each one’s deeds, conduct yourselves with fear throughout the time of your exile, 18 knowing that you were ransomed from the futile ways inherited from your forefathers, not with perishable things such as silver or gold, 19 but with the precious blood of Christ, like that of a lamb without blemish or spot. 20 He was foreknown before the foundation of the world but was made manifest in the last times for the sake of you 21 who through him are believers in God, who raised him from the dead and gave him glory, so that your faith and hope are in God.
22 Having purified your souls by your obedience to the truth for a sincere brotherly love, love one another earnestly from a pure heart, 23 since you have been born again, not of perishable seed but of imperishable, through the living and abiding word of God; 24 for
“All flesh is like grass
and all its glory like the flower of grass.
The grass withers,
and the flower falls,
25 but the word of the Lord remains forever.”
And this word is the good news that was preached to you.(ESV)