Scripture: Preach the word! Be ready in season and out of season. Convince, rebuke, exhort, with all longsuffering and teaching.  (2 Timothy 4:2, NKJV)
 Dandelion In December    
      A dandelion! Not just any dandelion, but a dandelion in December. If ever there was an example of taking advantage of every opportunity, that dandelion would surely qualify.
    Now I know that many people don’t want to see what they classify as a weed growing in THEIR yard at any time of the year. Some might even come close to having a hissy fit until they have fully disposed of that “noxious invader” of their life.
    Instead, let’s think for a moment how we might look upon that “flower of the field” as an inspiration. If nothing else, it added a little sunny color to an otherwise drab winter hillside. Perhaps we might add a little ‘Son light’ to an otherwise drab day on our own ”hillside.”  "Be ready," Paul advised Timothy, "in season and out of season."
    “Be ready.” An opportunity may come at any instant, unexpectedly. That dandelion plant was ready - and waiting. Prepared to go ‘whenever.’ A little sun, a little warmth, and it bloomed.
    Paul does not use the word “longsuffering” without  reason, having experienced much opposition to his own exhortation and teaching. Sure, there is a legion of scoffers and nay-sayers ready to pounce upon any light brought into this otherwise drab world, whether from the sunburst of a flower or the ‘Son-burst’ of witness of the word. Paul knew the routine well.
    Jesus, too, taught that opportunity will come when we least expect it. The servant is prepared and waiting for the master’s return. The wise virgins are prepared for the bridegroom’s coming, even if the hour is inconvenient. The builder plans the house before starting construction. The farmer does not wait until the harvest time to plant the field, but prepares for that season well in advance.
    Prepared, yes. A lot of plants were no doubt prepared, waiting for the springtime, for the ‘proper’ season. Oh! How often do we tarry, waiting for “the proper season.” “A more convenient time, Lord. Yes, then I’ll bloom. Until then, I’ve just got so many other things to take care of.”
    The Bible’s right over there, Lord. I’ll study it when I am called to teach, or to witness. Just look at the example of all of nature. They wait for the proper season; why shouldn’t I?”
    Ah! But each plant is prepared, ready to bloom when the call comes. Even in December,  even out of season.
    James cautions,   “ . . . you do not know what will happen tomorrow.  For what is your life? It is even a vapor that appears for a little time, and then vanishes away.”
    Take a moment to read James 4:13-17
December 16, 2007

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