By Yi Lian, the United States
Little yellow flowers like the sun dot about the grass. They are not as gorgeous as roses, nor as noble as lilies. They are unremarkable, with no beautiful dress or rich fruit. Their figures can be seen in many places, on the hillsides, in the open fields, and even on the roadside and in the corner. When autumn arrives, they gradually ripen, becoming furry white balls of many little umbrellas with the seeds of life; driven by the wind, their seeds of life continuously fly in the wind. These are dandelions! Children seem to be very fixated on dandelion clocks. They all like to pick off one and keep blowing it. Seeing the little umbrellas drifting away, their tender and naive faces always can’t help but split in a happy grin. This is the joy the dandelion brings to people …
I like the joy the dandelion brings to us, but I really love the benefits it brings to us. God created it. Not only is it a great herbal medicine but its life force is specially tenacious: It moves in the wind and roots and settles wherever its seeds drift down. Year after year, it strictly upholds its distinctive mission, bringing the life to every corner of the earth. Every time I see the seeds of the dandelion clocks drift away in the wind, I can’t help thinking of the Lord Jesus’ words: “Truly, truly, I say to you, Except a corn of wheat fall into the ground and die, it stays alone: but if it die, it brings forth much fruit” (John 12:24). Yes, though a seed dies, it can bring ten or a hundred-fold fruit. With love and life, God’s gospel, like the seeds of the dandelion clocks, has already drifted down to every part of the world.
I remember that the Bible records: “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved” (John 3:16-17). “It is not for you to know the times or the seasons, which the Father has put in his own power. But you shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come on you: and you shall be witnesses to me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and to the uttermost part of the earth” (Acts 1:7-8). From these verses of the Bible, I deeply felt that God’s grace was vast. Back then, God did His work in the land of Judea as the Son of a man for thirty-three and a half years, eating, sleeping, and living with people. He witnessed the misery of their lives in sin and expressed words to guide them to walk the right path; finally in order to allow them to get rid of the life of struggling in sin, He personally went up onto the cross, became the likeness of sinful flesh and took on humanity’s sin, allowing their sins to be forgiven. After God’s wisdom and almightiness accomplished His work of redeeming mankind, He commissioned His disciples to preach His gospel to the ends of the universe. Destined and commissioned by God, many devout Christians were moved by the Holy Spirit, shouldered their missions and stepped onto the journey of preaching the gospel. No matter whether the journey ahead of them was rough or hard, they were willing to risk their lives to travel cross the ocean, only in order that more souls could return to God’s side. Under the guidance of God, God’s gospel has spread to every corner of the world and His name has already become a household word, known by everyone.
I can’t help but sigh: Though many missionaries throughout the ages were plain and even their names were not known, I had great admiration for their faith and unusual experiences. They endured immeasurable suffering, were laughed at, mocked, beaten and scolded by so many people, were persecuted and imprisoned; some of them even sacrificed their lives, but they still forged ahead along the way without hesitation. What power on earth made them walk on the way of spreading the gospel without hesitation? I remembered the words of the Lord Jesus: “Go you into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature” (Mark 16:15). “If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow me” (Luke 9:23). From the Lord’s words, I understood: The saints throughout the ages preached the gospel because of the God’s exhortation. They did that with missions—in order to preach the gospel of God redeeming mankind to the worldly people. I felt that, God hopes so much that more people can understand His will, take up the cross, and follow the Lord, and can cooperate with Him to take up the burden of saving souls and live a meaningful life.
Each time I saw that, though my brothers and sisters who preached the gospel didn’t have magnificent external appearances, all they conveyed were genuine words on their lips; they kindly passed the book of God’s word to one person after another, but what they gained were rejections and ridicule, and they even would suffer others’ insults and libels; but sometimes, they would also gain the joy of people accepting the gospel of God; no matter what the results were, they couldn’t change these devout Christians’ will to repay God’s love, I was moved in my heart and felt that having the chance to perform our functions to satisfy the Creator is so blessed. Now, there are still many people who have not come before God. I’m willing to do my utmost to cooperate with God to preach His gospel to people around me to bring more souls before Him, thus allowing more people to break away from the harm of worldly pleasures, know God, worship God, and live protected under God’s watchful eye. This is my mission as a created being.
The seeds of the dandelion clocks are still drifting and being sowed. With missions, expectations and profound love, they are drifting down to every country of the world …