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Summary: The fluff of the dandelion is a good example of ourself.

When the fluff is gone.

In the summer when the dandelions are at the point when they fill the grass with what looks like cotton balls on a stick , we notice how beautiful they are , how delicate they are. We usually will single one out and hold it in our hand , careful not to hurt it . We then marvel at how they are so soft and then what do we do , blow on them . We blow on them to see the fluff spread out and get caught by the wind , to be carried to a new place to grow for the next season . In nature the wind does the same thing . It will blow the fluff off the flower to carry it’s seed to whole areas of new ground.

As our Lord has made the dandelion like this He also has made us in much the same way . When He plants us with the seed of faith we grow . We take in the Word of God and are nurtured by it . As we take in His love and grow in Him we get built up . We start to develop fluff . We are growing in Christ that His light starts to shine threw us . Others see His glory in us . We commune with The Holy Spirit daily , we pray in the Spirit to our Father . We become overjoyed with peace . That is when we are at a peak in our life , that is the top of the mountain , that is when we are closest to Father. That is when Satan attacks . He comes and just as the wind blew the fluff off the dandelion Satan comes and blows out our fluff. He does this buy having us lose our job , family members having a life changing heart attack, spouses leaving each other , or any number of ways to blow out our faith in Jesus . Father allows this to happen for He knows that now is time for the next step . The fluff was like the dandelion seeds , as the wind blows them it plants those seeds at new places . Just as when we are engulfed with the Spirit and The Word in our hearts we witness to others without even knowing it . God shines threw us so that others may see the trueness in you .This , they see as genuine and not fake , this is real , this person knows something about Jesus that no one else has shown them. They want some one real , just as we wanted the real Jesus , the real Father , the real person to talk to us about Jesus. That is spreading the seeds of our life with Christ . We are planting the seeds of faith with our Father in Heaven working threw us . Back to the dandelion ,what’s left is the dandelion now without the fluff. Just as we are when things happen to us or around us that try to blow us out . Father allows these trials to happen to build us up , to strengthen us , to rebuild us . Just as the potter builds up his clay pottery and then as it is about finished and is looking great he changes his mind or finds a new direction that he wants to go with this lump of clay. Father is the same way , when we are built up and we think we have faith , joy, peace, and just and understanding of what Father wants , that is usually when He is ready to take us to that next level . Father will allow Satan to blow out our fluff so that all we have is our faith in Christ and that is when we sink or float . That is when we are left open , vulnerable, wounded. We feel that way but Father is still watching and He is right there beside us . He is seeing if what we had is all fluff or is there real faith there . Is there a core faith in His Son Jesus , that surpasses all understanding of what we may think is going on around us. Mathew 13;3-9 says it best “ 3 He spoke to them many things in parables, saying, "Behold, a farmer went out to sow. 4 As he sowed, some seeds fell by the roadside, and the birds came and devoured them. 5 Others fell on rocky ground, where they didn’t have much soil, and immediately they sprang up, because they had no depth of earth. 6 When the sun had risen, they were scorched. Because they had no root, they withered away. 7 Others fell among thorns. The thorns grew up and choked them: 8 and others fell on good soil, and yielded fruit: some one hundred times as much, some sixty, and some thirty. 9 He who has ears to hear, let him hear."

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