I am not generally a fan of dandelions. However, as I pulled the one pictured above out of my lawn this week, I realized there are several lessons I can learn from this plant that tenaciously invades my lawn.
First, dandelions survive in the midst of persistent opposition. I do my best to exterminate them. I yank them out, trying to get the roots. I attack them with weed killer. I battle them as best I can, but they prove to be a worthy opponent and continue to reemerge. They continue to show up in my lawn regardless of my best efforts to get rid of them.
Second, dandelions bloom in a wide variety of ecosystems. In the wild I have seen them poking through the rocks near the tops of mountains, in fertile and moist valleys, and everywhere in between. In neighborhoods, they show up in sidewalk cracks, in lawns like mine, and everywhere else.
Third, dandelions send their roots deep. Maybe that is how they accomplish the first two admirable qualities. Look at the specimen I pulled from my lawn above. The root is significantly longer than the part of the plant that was above the ground.
The Bible calls us to these kind of qualities. Consider these verses:
Persistence: Romans 5:2-4 … we boast in the hope of the glory of God. Not only so, but we also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope.
Adaptability: Psalm 96 Declare his glory among the nations, his marvelous deeds among all peoples. Say among the nations, “The Lord reigns.”
Going deep: Luke 6:46 “Why do you call me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ and do not do what I say? As for everyone who comes to me and hears my words and puts them into practice, I will show you what they are like. They are like a man building a house, who dug down deep and laid the foundation on rock. When a flood came, the torrent struck that house but could not shake it, because it was well built. But the one who hears my words and does not put them into practice is like a man who built a house on the ground without a foundation. The moment the torrent struck that house, it collapsed and its destruction was complete.”
I pray that I will be someone who puts down deep roots so that I will declare God’s glory everywhere regardless of my circumstances.