Wishes vs. True Hope

One morning in Spring, David and I were out for a walk with the dogs, in the lane near our house. As usual, while we walked I was keeping an eye open for something interesting to photograph.

A dandelion at my feet caught my attention. The ground is always covered in them, but this one stood out from the rest because it had lost half of its fluffy seeds. It looked odd.

Did you ever, as a child, like to pick a dandelion and blow the fluffy bits into the air, to make a wish? The first thought that popped into my head was, “well, if anyone wanted that one, that’s half of its ‘wishes’ gone.”

Then suddenly, out of nowhere, a puff of wind took the rest of the seeds clean off and just the bare stem stood there.

Wishes are Futile

Isn’t life so life that? The ‘wind’ picks up without warning and we can find ourselves feeling stripped bare.

Wishes are futile. If you are a child of God, through faith in Jesus Christ, then YOUR life is built, not on wishes but on the solid hope of knowing that your life is anchored in Him. When the harsh winds of life come and blow away all your futile wishes, and other idols, Jesus remains, steadfast and unchanging.

Be blessed today, with His peace and His presence, and the knowledge that however strong the wind blows, your hope in Him can never be ‘blown away.’

Jill 💜

9 thoughts on “Wishes vs. True Hope

  1. What a lovely piece of writing. If you don’t mind, I would like to point something out. What you blow into the air are dandelion seeds, not the pollen. The ‘parachutey’ end is what steers the seed to the ground where it may grow. That small fact doesn’t detract from your message though. I hope you didn’t mind me mentioning it.

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  2. Thank you for this beautiful glimpse into your day and the wisdom in it.
    Doesn’t the Lord often use simple things in His creation…”look at the ant”, “seeds fell on hard ground..”, “look at the fig tree”
    Thanks for sharing the dandelion! Press on dear sister!

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    1. Isn’t it lovely how He uses simple everyday things to teach us? In so many of Jesus’ parables too, He used ordinary things- the “birds of the air”, fish and fishing, stones ground versus fertile ground. Of course His written Word is the ultimate authority, but as He still speaks today, and as He’s the same “yesterday, today and forever”, my thinking is, why would He not still teach us in ways we can understand.


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