Seeds of A Dandelion
Dandelions are one of my favorite flowers.
Just the other day, as I was in the backseat of a car in the parking lot of a drugstore waiting for my mom to run in and purchase an item, I spotted a single dandelion growing within one of the landscaped flower beds. Unbuckling my seatbelt, I made a beeline for the flower. I pulled the stem off the plant, held it to my lips and took a long breath. Exhaling deeply, I blew the seeds into the air.
As I watched them being carried off by the wind, I was reminded of how my feelings are so much like those seeds. Delicate. Fragile. Easy to fly away.
My feelings aren’t grounded, rooted, or secure. They simply cannot be mistaken for truth. In fact, rarely do our feelings and faith align.
But, that’s okay!
We don’t have to feel guilty or burdened when they don’t coincide. Just because we don’t “feel” our faith doesn’t negate the fact that our faith is real. Faith is so much more than a flippant emotion.
“Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen” (Hebrews 11:1 NASB).
But y'all, this life is hard. And sometimes it’s darn near impossible to be okay with our circumstances. But you know what? We don’t have to be. We don’t have to feel happy, joyful, or even okay with the trials of this life. Our feelings of brokenness, hurt, and anger are understandable and even acceptable.
When my Sawyer unexpectedly left this earth, I couldn’t begin to pretend that I was okay with losing him. And doing so wouldn’t have done anyone any good. I’ll never be okay with that tragic loss.
But God doesn’t expect us to be okay with our suffering. We were made for Heaven. That is where our lives will fully thrive--not here on earth. He simply asks us to trust him.
The important thing is that we choose to accept our faith as truth, not our feelings.
Friends, where are you placing your trust? I beg of you, don’t rely on the comforts and security of this world because they will let you down every time.
As believers, our faith is not rooted in our emotions. Our faith is not rooted in our feelings. And our faith is certainly not rooted in our circumstances. Our faith is rooted in Jesus Christ!