DANDELIONS GOOD AND OTHERWISE

Ah, Spring! You gotta love it, or … maybe not all the time. The dandelion fluff that blows in the wind contains too many seeds that count, leading to a bigger crop. They’re good for some things, however. One year while in Alaska, I watched a couple black bears feasting off a field of them.

Eternal Perspectives         by Sally Bair 

Dandelions 

I don’t know when I’ve seen so many dandelions as this spring. They’re truly beautiful, but not everyone would agree because they are, after all, weeds that spread faster than we can keep up, eventually smothering  the grass in our yards.

Dandelions, as weeds, remind me of sin in my life. No, I’m not a thief or murderer or worse. But sometimes I harbor critical thoughts or find myself gossiping. I also struggle with pride, taking credit for something God has done through me.

My sins can spread like dandelions, if I let them, smothering my Christian testimony. In the eyes of society, sins are often considered  mere shortcomings. From God’s perspective, however, sin is sin regardless of its size. And regardless of the size of our sin, God promises to forgive us when we confess them to Him, asking for His forgiveness and then repenting of them (turning away from them.)

Our best efforts won’t rid us of our sin even when our intentions are good. We must allow God to do it, through Christ. Only God can dig out the tough-rooted, easily-spread sins we harbor—if we are willing to die to our self-will and, believing wholly in His powerful love and grace, allow Him to live in us. Through the shed blood of His Son, Jesus, God will cover our sins. The Bible says He will remove them as far as the east  is from the west. Through His Word and Spirit, we will receive strength to keep more sin from growing in our lives.

“I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God who loved me and gave Himself for me.” (Galatians 2:20)

Lord, thank You for Your incomparable gifts of salvation and cleansing us from sin. Forgive us for our sins and keep us from allowing them to grow within us, unchecked, like dandelions. In Jesus’ name, amen.