After playing around in the backyard, my son quietly opened the screen door, placed two “flowers” on the floor, closed the door, and then said, “Mommy, I got you something.” I pretended I didn’t know that he had done this, and acted surprisingly thankful for his gift.
A few minutes later he said, “Do you know what those are?” I replied, “Yes, they are dandelions.” “No, they are not”, he boldly stated. “Oh, well then what are they?” I asked.
“Mommy, they are wishing flowers!”
I thanked him again, picked up the wishing flowers, and then went about finishing up cleaning the kitchen. I meant to make a wish with them, but my son and I got distracted, and moved on to other tasks to be done for the day.
My son’s vision about what most of us consider weeds got me to thinking about the perspective often used when looking at events or circumstances in life. If something difficult comes my way, do I perceive it as having the possibility of hope? I’d like to say I do, but have to admit that there have been times where I’ve thought, “What a bad thing for this to be happening right now.”
In most respects, dandelions can become quite a nuisance when landscaping. I actually think of them more as a weed than a flower. Children love to pick them so that they can give them a slight puff of air which in turn sends their seedlings out into the world to create even more dandelions. My son views them as opportunities for hopes to be fulfilled through unspoken wishes.
Like my son’s view of dandelions, God doesn’t see us as weeds, or nuisances either. Instead, He sees us as having the great possibility to live meaningful and fulfilling lives.
God picks us up, and gives us fresh, loving air so that we can spread out into the world sharing light, hope, and most important of all, love.