Father in Heaven, I pray for the value of each one of us to be clear in these words. In Jesus name, Amen.
Do you remember blowing on the feathery white fuzz of a dandelion that is going to seed? Many of us would make a wish and then huff and puff until the downy fluff was wisping through the air. I also remember hearing grown-ups protesting this childhood favorite, claiming that it spreads seeds to everyone’s yards and then the unwanted “weed” would pop up all over the neighborhood. As a child who never gave any thought to weed baring, I would gather a cheerful sunshiny bundle of dandelions and bring them into my mom who would then grab a Dixie cup from the bathroom and fill it with water. Placing the brightly colored blooms in the cup, she would display them in the kitchen window.
When I had my fill of picking them for make-shift paper vases, I would watch for them to turn fuzzy and pick them for the awaited wish-making party I threw myself every summer. Picking the largest puffs as I somehow convinced myself that they were capable of holding bigger wishes, I pressed my lips and sent a mini hurricane across the tops of the stems. The fuzz fluttered away and my wish went with it. My wishes never seemed to come true, at least not to my knowledge, but I had so much simple fun doing that summer time ritual. I carry those memories with me still as an adult. My children carried on this tradition, though they had other things they liked to do more.
As an adult, I think more like those adults in my childhood memory. Wanting a dandelion free patch of lush green lawn, I have often felt like that “unwanted weed”. Those of us with disabilities can feel that we are unwanted or at least not preferred. Our value has somehow gotten pushed aside in this fast-paced world we live in. Perhaps it’s because it takes a little more time for us to complete a task or it might mean a little more work. But that doesn’t decrease the import ants or worth of the work itself. Let’s take a little closer look at that lowly little dandelion, shall we?
For many centuries it has been used for medicinal purposes. It has been used to treat ailments such as Cancer, acne, liver disease and digestive disorders. These “plants” not “weeds”, have as much nutritional value as vegetables. They are loaded with minerals, vitamins, and fiber, every part of the plant from root to flower can be used.
There are many ways to use the Dandelion as well. Cooked, raw, in teas, boiled, in salads… There really is no way to know exactly what all the health benefits are to this seemingly unwanted plant. But one thing is sure! We all enjoy the benefits they offer during the summer time months.
They are the source of pollen’s and nectar’s first offered to butterflies, bees, and birds when nothing else provides these essential items. They are the first dots of color after a long cold colorless winter. They are the “root” of so many childhood memories. They are hardy and strong and return year after year to spite how harsh the winter months have been. They are reliable.
Without this plant, the birds, animals, butterflies, and lots of other little critters, would not be able to survive the spring for us to enjoy their offerings in the summer. God has created this plant for a very special purpose no matter how it is viewed by man today. We who have disabilities have been created for a very special purpose no matter how we are viewed by man today.
Just as we cannot know exactly what all the benefits of the Dandelion are, we don’t know how far the reach is for Gods honor and glory. He has plans that we know nothing about and the benefits those plans have can be more encompassing then we could ever know.
Hebrews 13:21 “…equip you with every good thing to do His will, by developing in us what pleases Him through Jesus Christ. To Him be the glory forever and always. Amen.”
God equips us with exactly what is needed for His honor and glory… even if it looks like a weed to everyone else. Never believe that what you have to offer is invaluable. If God has taken the time and effort to hand design every cell in you, then He has special plans for you. Don’t let anyone convince you that your offering is like that of a weed. You are a beautiful and beneficial flower that holds healing to those who God places before you. Show them how valuable you are by allowing God to shine His beautiful color through you!