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By Lois Parker Edstrom
A dandelion and/or a dandelion seed head if the season and location permits.
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In the Bible we are told a miraculous story of how Jesus fed over five thousand people with two fish and five loaves of barley bread from a young boy’s basket. The amazing thing about this story is that after all the people had eaten and were satisfied Jesus asked his disciples to “Gather up the broken pieces which are left over” (6:12).
“So they gathered them up, and filled twelve baskets with broken pieces from the five barley loaves, which were left over by those who had eaten” (6:13).
In this miracle Jesus didn’t just feed the people, he provided bread beyond what was necessary. There were twelve baskets of left-over bread! This is called generosity – giving more than is needed.
We see God’s generosity everywhere in nature. How many fish do you think are in the oceans and how many stars in the sky?
Do dandelions grow where you live? These bright yellow flowers (some call them weeds) look like dots of sunshine glowing in green fields and yards. Have you ever picked a dandelion when it has formed a soft seed head? Did you make a wish and see if you could blow all the seeds away? Each seed is like a tiny parachute that sails on the wind. When it bumps into something the seed falls to the ground where it will grow into another dandelion plant.
Have you ever tried to count all the seeds from one dandelion plant? There are many! This is an example of God’s generosity. The same is true for flowers and vegetable plants. They don’t produce just one seed, but more than is necessary, more than enough.
When you think of God’s love, think of His generosity. We are given more than is needed, more than enough.
Scripture quotations by the World English Bible
Copyright 2009, Richard Niell Donovan