We are like Dandelions

Written by Daryl Sung (Singapore)

A Christian Physical Educator passionate about Jesus, prayer running and also children building strong and firm foundations in their early years. He's all for healthy living, being active and fit for the long haul. Coffee & a book in hand is something he loves in his free time.

February 15, 2022

During one of my movie nights with my family, we watched this movie called “Summer Snow” and there was this scene that really left a deep impression in my heart.
It was a beautiful conversation about the Dandelions, which Hallie (little girl – main cast) had with her late mother before she passed on due to sickness…

Mother:

The yellow and the white ones are the same flower. The yellow ones turn white when they die. Then they get all these little white fuzzy things which are actually seeds and when you blow them, they go all over, they land on the ground and they turn into a new Dandelion. I think God made people a lot like Dandelions, He wants us to spread His love to the entire world.

Hallie:

How?

Mother:

You see there’s a Hallie who only cares about herself and that Hallie needs to die and let God change her into a new Hallie who loves God and other people. 

Hallie:

How do I change?

Mother:

You start by asking God to show you what you’re doing wrong and to forgive you.

Hallie:

Can we ask Him right now?

Mother:

Yeah.


Aren’t we like dandelions?
It was a great analogy of how God created us to be.
It seems like God was thinking of us when He was designing this beautiful flower.
The whole idea of us learning to move out of our comfort zone, willing to die to self, die to our flesh, understanding that living in this world is not about me and myself. 

Apostle Paul urges us in Romans 8:12-13 (NASB) that

“We are under obligation, not to the flesh, to live according to the flesh – for if you are living according to the flesh, you must die; but if by the spirit you are putting to death the deeds of the body, you will live”. 

There must be a reason why the letter ‘I’ is in the middle of the word ‘S-I-N’.
We live in an “I” generation, where consumerism and entertainment become the highlight of society and life itself.
People are so overly consumed with themselves that they’ve forgotten about others. 

The Kingdom of God is always others-centred, about people, about relationships, about connections with each other through living and doing life together.
There must be a motivation in us to shift our focus away from ourselves and onto God and others.

John 12:24, NLT

“I tell you the truth, unless a kernel of wheat is planted in the soil and dies, it remains alone. But its death will produce many new kernels-a plentiful harvest of new lives.”

Jesus says that if we continue to love our own lives so much, we will eventually lose it.
The only way to be truly used by God is when we recognize that our lives no longer belong to us, but Christ, who paid a high price for us when He took our sins and the full righteous judgement of God upon Himself on the cross. 

We need to be living sacrifices!
One that declares daily “Not my will but Yours be done”. 

When we can be like a dandelion, allowing God to do a surgery in our hearts, transforming our lives, then our ‘deaths’ will bring life to many more around us.
We were never meant to run alone or finish the race as a lone runner.
The best things we can bring with us eternally are the lives that we have impacted and influenced, especially those we brought into the Kingdom of God! 

Are you a dandelion?

Prayer and Reflection

  1. Which part of your life is God speaking to you now that you need to ‘die to’ so that it can bring ‘life’ to others or to a situation you are currently stuck in?
  2. How can you be a dandelion to the sphere of influence that God has put you in?
  3. How can you move away from self-centeredness to others-centred?

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