Sam held up the dandelion stem with it’s white fluffy seed ball ready to blow into the wind.
“What are the odds this dandelion will get me my wish?” he asked.
“That depends on what you wish for,” I responded. “Of course, even if you DO get what you wish for, it’s almost certain that it is NOT because of the dandelion. But on the other hand, there is one wish the dandelion will fulfill. You could take a big breath, and just before you blow on that puffy ball of seeds you could wish for . . . more dandelions.”
Sometimes I feel my prayers are like dandelion wishes. If I pray for what God already wants to do, then He might do it in His own time. But why pray for something God is already going to do anyway? Of course I could spend my prayers trying to convince God to see it my way and grant what I want. But if I can convince God to do what I want, instead of what He would do, then something is wrong with the whole picture.
So, in the end, I just try to talk to God about everything and let the dandelion seeds blow where they may. He may not grant me everything I’ve “wished” for, but in the end, at least I have shared my heart. And I think perhaps, that is the best prayer of all.
Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus.
– Philippians 4:6-7 NLT