The desire for a perfect lawn is punctuated on a weekly basis by the plethora of yellow weeds also known as dandelions. Amazing how they seem to be taken care of, then in a matter of hours, their yellow heads carpet the lawn once again. We are trying to be good neighbours by maintaining the lawn, but nature has its own intentions. The process of multiplication is rampant before our eyes. While we desire everything to look a certain way, the wind, the rain and the sun work ‘against’ us to enable this carpet to reappear week after week. Tenacious little things!
This past week my beloved and I were blessed to attend a conference in Kawartha Lakes about renewal and change within churches across Canada. The consistent message was about the fact that it starts with one person, replicating the message until it becomes a movement. At that moment in time, I had the visual of the dandelions on my lawn. If we could allow ourselves to travel in the wind and seed ourselves quickly the message of good news would radically multiply. I have to ‘get good’ with being a dandelion. A little weed that blows in the wind and blankets the earth.
God did not tell us to go out and be like a dandelion. He did tell us to share the message of good news – the gospel. However, using the dandelion as an analogy, I am not restricted by fences or property lines. I simply land, seed and bloom. There is no ownership on this activity. It is incumbent upon us all, as recipients of the message of the gospel. It is not the property of a church, denomination or special interest group. All are invited. All must share.
After this week of reflection upon the Great Commission with a tender-hearted group of brothers and sisters from various denominations, I am looking at the newly appeared dandelions on my lawn…how do they do what do? I need to allow myself to be blown and grown…