This message will gradually end up into a reflection about change but first, I'd like to list a few things about the dandelion in the hopes that the next time you see one, you will think of all that it does in God's 'thoughts' in the creation of a dandelion and also what it symbolizes.
|Dandelion Flower Head|
- Endurance & Adaptability: It is hardy, can live in most soils and grow most anywhere.
- Enriches: The deep taproot can break up the earth and bring nutrients up from below.
- Beneficial: It is curative and is used as a medicinal plant, rich in vitamins and minerals and also as a source of nourishment in salads, wine and tea.
- Transforming: The dandelion changes from yellow petals to white spokes of seeds, ready to become airborne with the wind.
- Barometer: It has a built-in barometer, which is common and reliable since it can close before rain or during gloomy weather. The flower opens with the sun in the morning and closes in the evening.
It is interesting to note that in theological symbolism, the Dandelion, one of the "bitter herbs", represents the Passion of Christ and grief. The early Flemish and German schools mainly used this symbol in paintings of the crucifixion.
|Dandelion Seed Head|
"There is nothing permanent except change".... Heraclitus
"For time and the world do not stand still. Change is the law of life. And those who look only to the past or the present are certain to miss the future".... John F. Kennedy
Presently, many families are preparing for the change within their home. Children, now young adults whom parents have raised and nurtured though the years, are now about to embark on their own as they graduate from High School; the first step into their personal journey of change. They are like the seed head of the Dandelion, ready to fly with the breeze into directions wherever change takes them. They learn to survive, become stronger, endure and adapt, ripening into maturity. The ideal is to become enriched and transformed in the process of change to the betterment of themselves and a benefit to others.
Changes are numerous within the seasons of living, ranging from our health, relationships, careers and finances to events that occur either within our control or beyond our control. And there is so much in-between as change ebbs and flows, decreases and increases in dynamics. We hear about change of heart, change of mind, and change in attitude. But there is one constant through it all from James 1:17, which is a favorite scripture of mine....
"Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of Lights with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change".
I am so thankful that our Father of Lights changes not; He is the same yesterday, today and tomorrow. He is the "I AM" who is the embodiment of complete wholeness in which there is no lack. He is our solid ground through shifting and rocky times in the movement of change around and within us. We can be assured of His eternal strength and infinite peace, which remains changeless and sovereign. It Is Who He Is.
The above clip is a wonderful Time-lapse sequence of the Dandelion flower filmed by Neil Bromhall over a period of one month from dandelion flower to seed head. He also has created videos of various flowers in time-lapse sequence, which is beautiful to watch. The music to this video is Attrition by Debbie Wiseman.
You can view this particular video at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UQ_QqtXoyQw
Thank you Neil for combining your patience and talent with a camera to capture such beauty to share with the world. The link to Neil Bromhall's website is: http://www.rightplants4me.co.uk/
Join me next Sunday, June 16 at the Turn-Up Patch for a reflection on Father's Day.