Pictured here is the bane of anyone trying to grow their lawn! I am sure my parents were not too thrilled with me when as a child I would blow on the dandelion seedhead! After the dandelion flowers, the head, petals and stamen dry up and fall off. The bracts curve backwards and a parachute ball opens into a sphere. The mature seeds attach to white fluffy “parachutes”. A bit of wind or the breath of a child is all that is needed to send the seeds flying!
Today’s verse encourages using our breath to tell of all God has done for us! Just as the dandelion spreads its seed, so the believer can influence others to praise and worship the Lord. But also like the dandelion, dispersing that seed comes after dying. The believer has died and his life is now hidden with Christ in God (Col. 3:3). We no longer live for self but for Him (II Cor. 5:15). And it is often after a strong wind of adversity that our praise and faithfulness to Christ is clearly seen.
I want to make a difference. I want to leave a legacy. I want to have an influence in this world for the Lord. But the dying to self is the part that is oh so difficult. The accolades and recognition of man are often times too important. And that wind can be plenty uncomfortable. However, it is my faithfulness to Him in the hard times that validates my faith and makes it credible to others. Regardless of very negative circumstances, I can always tell others of His love and goodness.
Thank you Lord, for all You have done for me!