Read Dandelions – Part 1
I always take the last covenant of silence for myself at the True Pursuit weekends. This is a time that the TP Team takes to debrief the Sonship talk as we do with all the others, but the guys understand that I do this for my heart. The 2019 MI TP Weekend was no different. I hugged Patrick as he got done with his Sonship talk, told him I loved him and walked out into the sunshine. After some grey and rain the previous days the light and warmth felt so good! As I walked, I prayed and opened my heart and body up as I usually do. I didn’t know exactly where I was headed but felt the desire to explore, so I walked away from the lake where I had been before and traveled down the dirt road.
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It wasn’t long until I emerged into an incredible scene. There was a cheerful pond surrounded by green, lush grass and surrounding the field were lined with trees just starting to bud. I couldn’t help but share a smile with Abba… He always leads me to places like this and it
Happily, I walked through the rain-saturated grass, not minding the mud-water splashing onto my boots. I had almost gotten to the picnic table I was moving towards when I was stopped in my tracks. The field was full of dandelions. You see, in Patrick’s talk, and in an earlier tender moment with the TP Team, he had shared a story about dandelions. Read his story here: Dandelions – Part 1. I instantly saw in my mind Patrick and his wife, Kim, picking dandelions together. What a beautiful picture of how he was loving her well. But as I looked closer, I realized it wasn’t Kim I was seeing, or maybe the picture changed, because it was Jesus on His hands and knees with Patrick instead.
To understand why this is important you need to know more about Patrick’s story and his struggle to love selflessly those around him. Of course, he is not alone. One of the quintessential moments for Patrick was when he asked God, “how much do I really have to love?” And God’s response was, “As much and as strongly as I have loved you.” This floored Patrick as his analytical and mathematical mind processed (and probably overheated) the sheer magnitude of this type of love. Knowing his own story, as we know our own, we realize what great lengths God has gone to love us and how difficult we have made it for Him… This is how He invites us to love others? YIKES!
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So, here I am, on my covenant of silence, by the pond, in the field surrounded by dandelions. Stopped in my tracks at this beautiful picture of Jesus on His hands and knees, with a trowel of his own, helping Patrick dig out individual dandelions. I knew in that moment that my covenant was going to be cut short as I rushed back to the “porch”, which is the backside of the cabin where the TP Team was still debriefing Patrick’s talk. Breathless and still overwhelmed by the beauty of what God had shared with me for my dear friend, I blurted out what I had just experienced. Looking right in Patrick’s eyes I said, “…And then it wasn’t Kim anymore, it was Jesus and you. How many times has he patiently stopped and got down on His hands and knees to be with you in the things that you are trying to figure out, control, do your own way. And in this Jesus says to you” as I put my hand on his shoulder, “You are finally learning to love like have always loved you.” There wasn’t a dry eye in the circle.
God takes care of us so well! The journey is often longer and more arduous than we would have chosen, yet it is the journey we are on. If we are willing to be faithful, and take the next step, God will meet us there. And there are some moments when we get to pause and celebrate the hard work; the perseverance and desperation that this journey takes. We also get to celebrate the reality that it is so worth it! We truly are being transformed from one degree of glory to another (2 Cor 3:18). And what a joy that God uses us in each other’s lives. I so enjoyed my warm, cheerful walk by the pond for me AND was so glad to hear on behalf of my friend. When we are open, assuming that God will show up, but not prescriptive on how He should, amazing things can happen.