Can someone please tell me when and how the lowly dandelion made it to tattoo status? My Dad used to make us dig them out of the lawn on Saturday mornings! They used to be considered a weed but today their leaves have gourmet status, their profile has art status, their seeds have mystical wishing status and they've even achieved literary status inspiring a myriad of sayings from gothic to Hallmark.
Dandelions now grow virtually worldwide. They spread further, are more difficult to exterminate and grow under more adverse circumstances than most competitors. * So in addition to its step up to the art league, it is also international and has a strength & determination factor. I like that.
I hadn't paid much attention to dandelions since childhood, frankly. But when our close friend Amy had a vision about Jenna that involved a dandelion's seeds back in October before she died, I started paying more attention...
Amy had gone out to pray for Jenna in the countryside among some olive trees. As she prayed for Jenna, a full-orbed dandelion was blowing in the wind and kept returning to her. She felt the Lord speak to her heart that the seeds of Jenna´s life would be spread in the offering up of her life. She remembered a painting of the artist Lilias Trotter who gave 40 years of her life to Algeria (Jenna would have loved that) and the sense that Jenna´s life was to be offered up for something greater was very strong. She wept and wrote and prayed and later gave us a letter and lent us the book A Blossom in the Desert where many of Lilias´ paintings and writings are compiled. Amy also made copies of Lilias' painting & poem in card form to hand out at the memorial:
Suddenly the "lowly" dandelion became very special to us.
Other people had visions about seeds and her legacy and Doralicia (another very special friend) shared this verse at the memorial service:
"Very truly I tell you,
unless a kernel of wheat falls
to the ground and dies,
it remains only a single seed.
But if it dies, it produces many seeds."
Dora blessed Jenna's legacy: "we want to bless all the relationships, conversations and all the efforts and contributions that Jenna participated in and we want to bless them so that they bear much fruit and multiply. Our investment in the kingdom of heaven here on earth is never in vain ..." She also prayed for this generation and blessed their lives and work for the kingdom. Jenna would have loved that, too, for her heart beat for her generation to take up the baton and make a difference.
Why am I reviewing all of this? Because God keeps speaking through the lowly dandelion!
One day in November I found this little treasure at an art stall here in Málaga. It was like God spoke confirmation over the truth of the dandelion for us. The music and the birds of peace & hope were such a gift to me:
Then, just this week I was out on a walk and was stopped short by the biggest dandelion I had ever seen! It was as big as one of Jordan´s balls! The dandelions keep speaking...
Months had passed since my last ¨dandelion encounter¨ (although I had noticed their growing popularity in general) and this time God spoke clearly to my heart: ¨I have NOT forgotten that promise. The seeds and flowers of Jenna´s legacy will be far bigger than you can even ask or imagine!¨
You can imagine my love affair at this point with the lowly dandelion. What was once a weed to me is now transformed into something extremely precious.
Sometimes I wish I could save some of the blessings of this legacy:
But I´m pretty sure God wants them floating freely...landing where He has sovereignly destined them to be:
But...I might just have to get me one of these: ;)
May God release more and more fruit through this generation - and all of us - for the kingdom of God through our stewardship of Jenna's legacy...through the one seed that dies to produce "many seeds".
You can read more about the vision of seeds and Jenna's legacy (including videos from the Memorial) at:
*quote from Steve Brill's book A Meddlesome, But Toothsome Weed, Dandelion
Photos by (in order of appearance):
Dandelion Wishes Pictures
Dandelion Tattoo (Google Images 14235)
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