Sitting on the porch with an old friend, I watched the demise of a dandelion as we talked.
With the cool breeze and huge bumble bees zipping in and out at dandelion level,
it didn't stand much of a chance.
While many disdain this yellow weed that seems to take over one's yard,
I have always met this little guy with joy.
It's appearance each Spring means walking barefoot
through the grass again is right around the corner.
Some find medicinal help from this plant, others consume it for its nutrients.
Children far and wide love to hold the dying weed to their lips
and watch its seeds travel in the wind as they puff their cheeks up
and blow through its lacy head.
Watching the delicate head bob back and forth in the breeze
my mind traveled to Ecclesiastes 3:1 where I am needfully reminded,
"To everything there is a season, A time for every purpose under heaven:"
This is a helpful reminder in a world that often rushes or muddles
through everything it does with little purpose except for the pleasure for oneself.
My purpose each day, however, is to love God completely:
“What does the Lord your God require of you,
but to fear the Lord your God, to walk in all His ways
and to love Him, to serve the Lord your God
with all your heart and with all your soul,” Deuteronomy 10:12.
And while that may include some grief along with the joy,
I stand in His strength knowing that I have been
"...called according to His purpose." Romans 8:28.
And while I am loving God completely,
I must love others compassionately.
How else will they see Jesus if I fail to model
His deep love that He has granted me?
As I watched the dandelion become out of shape before me,
I saw a visual of the next verse in Ecclesiastes 3:
"A time to be born, And a time to die;"
I can't delay in my God-given purpose today;
I have no guarantee that tomorrow I will be able
to share the Good News with those around me.
Today might be my last day to pour out my love to God in a whole-hearted manner.
"Whereas you do not know what will happen tomorrow.
For what is your life? It is even a vapor that appears
for a little time and then vanishes away." James 4:14
If even a lowly dandelion has purpose from its Creator,
how can I waste today on my own design?
How can I say 'no' to God?