What Kind of Plant Are You?

 A friend of mine was asked this question , and as she related her story to me visions of dandelions burst into my mind…
What kind of plant am I?  Why would I think of dandelions? Does anyone want to be thought of as a dandelion? Why not a rose…or a daffodil…or a daylily…I don’t know why this particular plant came to mind, but my first thoughts were of a withered weed…which sad to say I’ve been feeling a little like lately. But then as I pondered this marvelous plant I realized it is so much more.
Dandelions are one of the first flowers to bloom in the spring, bright and beautiful yellow flowers, trumpeting the coming of new life. We celebrate the death and resurrection of our Savior in the spring, the time of Passover, the beginning of Yahweh’s year. As Christians we proclaim this truth, our feet shod with the gospel of peace.
 Have you ever seen a beautiful field of golden dandelions breaking forth after the dreary melt of snow?
And how are the dandelions treated? They are hated as a noxious weed…and Jesus said we would be hated for His name sake…
Then what happens when the bloom fades? Up pops a fluffy seed head. I wonder how many seeds are contained in each plant? The wind comes a long, and shakes the fluffy ball and hundreds of seeds are scattered in the wind…
 How magnificent, for as followers of Christ we are to plant the seeds of the Word in the words we speak and in our actions…And that is not all…
“Dandelion is a rich source of vitamins A, B complex, C, and D, as well as minerals such as iron, potassium, and zinc. Its leaves are often used to add flavor to salads, sandwiches, and teas. The roots can be found in some coffee substitutes, and the flowers are used to make certain wines.

In traditional medicine, dandelion roots and leaves were used to treat liver problems. Native Americans also used dandelion concoctions (liquid made by boiling down the herb in water) to treat kidney disease, swelling, skin problems, heartburn, and stomach upset. Chinese medicinal practitioners traditionally used dandelion to treat digestive disorders, appendicitis, and breast problems (such as inflammation or lack of milk flow). In Europe, herbalists incorporated it into remedies for fever, boils, eye problems, diabetes, and diarrhea.”

How excellent are Thy ways, Oh God in all the earth!

There you go…not so bad to be a dandelion… Oh, and are we not to be “as bold as a lion?”

Do you remember as a young child gathering bouquets of dandelions and presenting them to your mother?  What was her reaction? What was she really thinking on the inside?  Yet, a little child relishes in the beauty of dandelions and lovingly presents them as gifts to please their mothers.
And how sweet is this…
 A story set in pioneer days, and the loving bundle of dandelions given by a child that gave hope…
So what kind of plant are you? 🙂

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