May 15, 2014

Behold the Lowly Dandelion


In the sixth chapter of Matthew the 28th verse, we read that Jesus said:
"Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin, yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. "
I also invite you to consider the dandelion. We call it a weed, and American home-owners spend millions of dollars each year to kill this non-lethal, beautiful and useful plant. Our motive is to have a green flawless field of grass.  

Few people know that as a vegetable, the dandelion is rich in  vitamins A, B complex, C, and D, and minerals such as iron, potassium, and zinc.  The root of the dandelion can be used for medicinal purposes or roasted and used as a coffee substitute. The flowers provide pollen for bees, and can also be harvested for wine.

Europeans used the flower’s parts for fever, boils, eye problems, diabetes, and diarrhea and the Chinese treat stomach problems with dandelion.

The fact is, we have underestimated this beautiful and useful plant, and there is a lesson about judging people in that incorrect assumption. How often do we misjudge people on the basis of their appearance or actions without really knowing anything about them? To my shame, I made that very error as I was preparing this Parable.  I challenge you not to do the same.