Despite their bad reputation, dandelions are pretty little flowers with their yellow strands all tucked neatly into the center. And truly they are the most beautiful of all flowers when presented to someone while being clutched in a child’s dirty little hand. No one gets yelled at for picking them. Perhaps they grow only to be used and enjoyed by children.
Dandelions are ignored or attacked, never nurtured or cared for, and yet they always bloom abundantly. They demand no pampering or special attention to yield their bright blossoms; they pop up in fields, in lawns, and between cracks in the sidewalk, even in the best neighborhoods. When growing them in a garden they sneak through the boundaries and pop their sunny yellow faces up in the surrounding lawn. They just never stay put! They go everywhere.
Christian teachers should be more like dandelions. Especially with our students. Our sunny faces should be a reminder that simple faith has deep roots that are impossible to dislodge. Our vast number should show the world that even though we are not fancy, or pampered, we are evident everywhere, even in the smallest of schools.
In fact, we should be as easily accessible as a dandelion. Jesus is. We need to get out of our gardens and jump across the boundaries that keep us where people expect to find us. We need to show our sunny faces in all the spots that need a little brightening up – the crack in the sidewalk or the lawn of a country club, or even next to a marker in a cemetery. For Colossians 1:10-11 encourages us to “Walk worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing Him, being fruitful in every good work … according to His glorious power for all patience and long suffering with joy”. And 1 Thessalonians 2:12 inspires us to “walk worthy of God, who hath called you unto his kingdom and glory.”
Then one day, we will all be in the glorious fields of God’s kingdom. And who knows, you might even see the pretty little flowers with their yellow strands all tucked neatly, clutched ever so loosely in the hand of a child. And that little child looking up at you with a bright, smiling, sunny face of a dandelion.
Dr. Robert Phelps