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god's perfect flower


We heard this story during a sermon at our church and I still love it:

How the story goes…
God sent an Angel to find the perfect flower.   The Angel started on his mission.  He went to all of the fanciest gardens all around the world and he kept bringing back the most rare and most beautiful flowers that he could find.

God would look at each flower that he brought back and say “Nope.  That’s not it.”       And God would send the angel back to find an even more perfect flower.

Then one day, when the angel was searching for yet another beautiful, fabulous garden, he passed by a field of dandelions.

Uncut & left to grow… not in a fancy garden, just in a field.  They looked just like a carpet of sunshine.

A close up of a flowers in a field.


It was the first time that the angel had noticed that little yellow flower, because he had spent all of his time in the fancy gardens.   The dandelions were’t in those fancy gardens.   They were everywhere else- in fields, near roads, in backyards, in forests…  they were growing everywhere in abundance.  They were different sizes and grew back quickly, even if they were cut.

The angel noticed how hard people were working to destroy these dandelions, but no matter how hard they tried, the dandelions kept coming back- they couldn’t get rid of them.

Well, the angel decided to take the dandelion back to Heaven and he was going to tell God all that he had learned about that little yellow flower… they came back, they grew in abundance…

After God listened, he replied “So is this why you have brought the dandelion as the perfect flower?”

The angel answered: “No, not really.  Thats not the real reason.”

“Then why?”  asked God.

“Well, said the angel:  I choose the dandelion because of all of the other places that I found it.

 In the pocket of a mother’s apron.

 In the necklaces and headbands worn by the neighborhood children.

 In the pocket of a little league outfielder.

 In the dirty hands of a two year old… roots and all.

 And proudly displayed on the dining room table, in a fruit jar.”


A woman and children standing in the grass smiling at the camera.

“God, this is the perfect flower, because it grows everywhere, costs nothing, and no one minds if the children pick them.”


A young boy playing in a grassy field.

Let us be like the dandelions – giving of our gifts & talents freely, not expecting anything in return… and passing along our inner beauty and our strong faith to our children.

I hope that you get a handful of God’s perfect flower today…
Becky Mansfield


Hi there!

I’m Becky, a former elementary school teacher turned certified child development therapist and blogger. I work at home with my husband and together we are raising (and partially homeschooling) our four children in the Carolinas. I love diet coke, ice cream, and spending time with my family.

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  1. You always have such lovely messages in your posts. What a beautiful Mother’s Day message – for the whole family!

  2. Thank you for showing us your gorgeous photo of you and your children. Your kids all look great. I love seeing how they grow and change.

  3. I love the dandelion totally. Your story about the Angel bringing back the perfect flower for GOD .
    But the reason for his choice confirms a belief in GOD is a perfect setting for a life full of meaning and inner peace.