The Kingdom of God is like a Dandelion! That’s found somewhere in the gospel’s right? Oh, it’s not? Hmm… So maybe it doesn’t say, Dandelion, but Jesus does say that Kingdom of God is like a mustard seed. Check it out the whole story in Matthew 13:31 and following. He is explaining to His disciples just exactly what this whole Kingdom of God thing was all about. What does it mean to be apart of the Kingdom of God. What is the mission of the Kingdom of God. In fact, it might be a bit different from what these disciples were counting on and hoping for.
This is one of my favorite descriptions that Jesus uses- the parable of the mustard seed. I don’t think that I have seen very many mustard plants in my day. But I do know that I have seen tons and tons of dandelions. In fact, my backyard is riddled with dandelions right now. They are popping up all over the place. This past Saturday all three of my kids were picking them and collecting the ‘pretty’ flowers in buckets. Who knows where they come from, they are an unstoppable force in the overall landscape of my backyard.
I think that if Jesus were with us today, if he was hanging out in my neck of New Jersey, he would say, “The Kingdom of God is like a dandelion.”
What an exciting thought.
Jesus alludes to the fact that the Kingdom of God is going to be popping up uncontrollably all over the place. There is nothing that you can do to stop it. What does He tell Peter? ”You are Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church, and the gates of hell will not overpower it.” I’ve lost the battle with the dandelions. The best I can do is try to contain them. Satan has lost the battle with the Kingdom of God. The best he can do is try to distract people from realizing it.
I love the book of Acts. It is a story of Dandelions sprouting. They are popping up all over the place. Imagine the disciples, now the apostles in the book of Acts getting together and just reminiscing… “Remember when Jesus told us the parable of the mustard seed? I get it now. Look how this Jesus movement, the Church, is growing! It’s out of control…”
I hope that the next time you look at a dandelion you can’t help but think about Jesus, and the Kingdom of God. It is exciting to be apart of and experience what God is doing in this world! I see the Kingdom of God popping up right here in NJ. It’s happening all around us. I am excited about seeing more dandelions come up around me in my town, Scotch Plains, and in Mountainside. Where have you seen the Kingdom of God popping up?