The season of Spring is upon us and the dogwood blossoms have unfolded in all their glorious beauty. I remember a poem/legend that my Mother used to tell us about the dogwood. The legend may be untrue, but like the sand dollar upon the beaches I believe God placed signs in nature so that we would not forget what his son did for us on the cross. The legend/poem is as follows:
In Jesus’ time, the dogwood grew To a stately size and a lovely hue. ’Twas strong and firm it’s branches interwoven For the cross of Christ its timbers were chosen. Seeing the distress at this use of their wood Christ made a promise which still holds good:
“Never again shall the dogwood grow Large enough to be used so. Slender and twisted, it shall be With blossoms like the cross for all to see. As blood stains the petals marked in brown The blossom’s center wears a thorny crown. All who see it will remember Me Crucified on a cross from the dogwood tree. Cherished and protected, this tree shall be A reminder to all of my agony.” Remember it is just a legend. But as I watched carefully this morning with the winds blowing, I saw the blossoms tremble. And as I cleaned and went about my day, the trembling of the dogwood blossoms amazed me and the following free verse came forth;
As the dogwood humbled itself to the Lord Jesus
Its fruit, the blossom became the symbol of th price the Lord Jesus
Christ paid for our sins on the cross
The tree decided that as each person in the earth came to know the Lord Jesus and answered His call
The humble tree would put forth a blossom to represent the soul
The soul so dressed by Jesus that it was pure white
And dipped in the blood, in the blood of Jesus
And the flower’s petals cupped upwards with praise
to receive their portion from Jesus
The wind of the presence of the Lord blew again
And the blossoms trembled in adoration
The Savior of Mankind!
Has the dogwood tree put out a blossom to represent you on that tree of acceptance of Jesus as Savior?