Dandys?

(10.22.20—Acceptance!—Matthew 12:26-29)




My friend, may I ask you a question? Sadly, we sometimes treat relationships with a sort of disdain; quick to discard, only to miss the value later. Are we missing out on the great things God has in store for us as we share with others?


My friend, life’s a story, welcome to This Passing Day.

I’m M. Clifford Brunner?





Recently, as I was walking past the old Airstream parked in our driveway, I saw a glint of light near one of the trailer tires. I reached down to pick up an odd-looking bolt. It had an odd triangular marking on the head and it was a bolt with a hex-head indentation. That meant it had to be turned with hex wrench; a type of bolt that I seldom-used around Beech Springs. I thought for a moment and then plopped it into my pocket. I’m not sure where I put it but I think it ended up in one of those catchall cans in the back garage. The mystery of the odd bolt was solved, however, the next time Holly and I went camping. As I pulled out the awning, one of the support arms felt right off the awning. That odd bolt I had carelessly tossed into a can would have uniquely fit the missing hole in the awning arm.


Sadly, that’s the way we sometimes treat relationships; quick to discard only to miss the value later.


Here’s a thought from Mary Daniel: “How well I remember being taught how and when to pull out the dandelions. But oh, how I loved the fluffy, soft, yet sometimes prickly little yellow ‘flowers’. Many are the moms who have received countless beautiful bright bouquets proudly presented from the grip of a tight little fist. How we used to love sitting in a field or on the grass, seeded white fluffy dandelion in hand, taking a big breath and letting it out as we blew it away bit by bit. There was a time too, years later, when some friend’s came to visit, and during the course one afternoon, I sauntered off into the field, paring knife and stainless steel bowl in hand, to carefully gather dandelion leaves to be brought home, washed, and made into a delicious salad. Or, once tasted, who could forget the pungent tangy taste of dandelion wine? Yet to most, it’s considered a weed. Often, dandelions lie amongst the flowers, so to pull them up, we may also pull up those things which we consider to be more important, or of more value. How like life that is. Often, by finding some things unacceptable, we end up missing out on some things priceless in value.” (Mary Daniel)


Life is like a dandelion. There are members of society or life situations that some consider useless; yet others receive them as having been given for a purpose, to learn from, to teach–they’re priceless. To remove them or to take them away would cause those lessons to go unlearned; opportunities to help or make changes gone. Just as God gave us the dandelions, He also gives us each person, each situation, and with them, an ability to accept or reject them. When we’re faced with what we may consider “weeds” in our life, it’s best to clutch those relationships in our hand that we might use them as opposed to putting them in our pockets and losing them.

We pray. Heavenly Father. Teach us Dear Lord that there are people and situations that we often consider useless; yet others receive them as having been given for a purpose, to learn from, to teach. In that respect they’re priceless. If we remove them or to take them away it would cause those lessons to go unlearned; and opportunities to help or make changes gone. Forgive us Lord when we treat our relationships this way. Just as You gave us the dandelions, You also gives us each person, each situation, and with them, an ability to accept or reject them. When we’re faced with what we may consider “weeds” in our life, help us to understand that it’s best to clutch those relationships in our hand that we might use them as opposed to putting them wisely. In Jesus name we pray. Amen!

Therefore my friend, do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry for itself; each day has enough trouble of its own. (Matt 6:34) This Passing Day. May this passing day honor our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and be a blessing to you and everyone you meet. Find a stranger and say hello. Don't let another day pass without your day blessing someone else.


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<thispassingday@gmail.com> From Beech Springs, God bless you for Jesus sake.

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