There it was – peeping out of a crack in the torn up and shattered sidewalk!
In the midst of broken concrete, being trampled by little kids, bikers, daily joggers, and all of those people walking their darling dogs, was another sign of Life, of Hope, of the Presence of our Lord Himself. It was the surprising Spring symbol of the Resurrection! It was the simple sign of Christ among us. It was a dandelion!
Now dandelions in our society generally do not receive much credit or attention. Ask most hearty lawn and garden lovers and they might even refer to these beautiful gifts of God as being a “nuisance”, “pests” and even “insidious”.
Yet these beautiful yellow messengers of the Resurrection remind us daily that “He is risen – He is risen indeed!” Christ’s Resurrection allows the Good News to pop up all over the place – in churches, in homes, in schools, and even between the cracks in the sidewalks around us!
Come to think of it, isn’t it even more of a miracle that the Resurrection News is actually alive in our own personal lives full of cracks, broken dreams, and dried-up plans? Perhaps you and I tend to try to rid all of those “eye-sores” from our beautifully kept and tenaciously trimmed lives, just like our gardening friends attempt to wipe out those “weeds” that they find advancing throughout their lawns each Spring.
The dandelions around us show us visibly that God’s Word grows wherever the Spirit blows! How often do we want our neatly-kept lives to be rid of all of those “weeds” that mess up our appearances, our thoughts, our plans, our hopes and dreams of living a righteous life?
Dandelions are God’s simple yet powerful signs of Christ’s Resurrection all around us! Celebrate today as you look for these yellow banners of God’s love. Better yet, let us remind each other that the Lord sends us as His dandelions into the crumbling concrete of life that is all around us. Our calling is to cultivate God’s love in Christ, certainly in our own “back yards”, but also to seed signs of hope and health to people everywhere!
Go hug a dandelion today, and shout once again, “He is risen, indeed!” And while we are at it, let us rejoice that we are His dandelions today, in the name of the Risen One!
“For God who said, ‘Let light shine out of darkness’, made his light shine in our hearts to give us the light of his knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Christ”. (2Corinthians 4:6)