Which dandelion are you?

I was walking my dog this morning when I crossed from the carefully manicured neighborhood lawns (why do we do that?) to an adjacent field. The difference was dramatic. The flora shifted from dark green, uniform Fescue to an unruly comedy of weeds, sparse grass, and dirt patches. The dandelions caught my attention.

The three dandelion stages appeared in close proximity: original yellow head perfect for pollination, the new white seed head, and, well, bare stem — nothing left.

It occurred to me that we are much like these dandelions. We can choose to follow God’s guidelines that keep us safe. This choice is freedom. Yellow.

Alternately, we can succumb to temptation and choose not-God. This sin is bondage. White.

Did you know that the yellow flower closes completely and then reopens as the white flower? Here’s the thing. The white flower is made to be lost. Any breeze, any disturbance blows it away. Nothing remains after the sin choice, friend. Bare stem.

Paul understood this dandelion truth. He shared the good news of freedom through belief in Jesus as Savior.

23For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord. (Romans 6:23)

Be yellow, friend.



About Tony Schmitz

Tony Schmitz received his BS in Mechanical Engineering from Temple University in 1993, his MS in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Florida in 1996, and his PhD in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Florida in 1999. He is a mechanical engineering professor at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.
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