The Daffodil Principle

The Daffodil Principle

Sunday, September 29, 2002
| Philippians 2:1-13

When a daughter insists that her mother accompany her to visit a field of daffodils, the mother at first resists. But when she sees a golden field of glorious blooms, she realizes that she has missed out on the "daffodil principle." It's a lesson worth learning, and Paul has a version of it in his famous description of Christ and his obedience to death -the death of the cross.

[For an alternate approach pertaining to Matthew 21:23-32, see Sneaky Sneakers.]

My daughter kept calling. She'd say: "Mother, you must come see the daffodils before they are over." I wanted to go, but it was a two-hour drive from Laguna to Lake Arrowhead. I'm not old, at least not old, old, but I don't particularly enjoy driving. Everyone is so rude and pushy these days. And in a hurry.

"I'll come next Tuesday," I promised a little reluctantly on her third call.

Next Tuesday dawned cold and rainy. Still, I had promised, and so I drove over to my daughter's. Plastic toys were strewn in the front yard, and a few pansies were blooming in a strip of dirt along the sidewalk. I walked into Carolyn's house and hugged my grandchildren. "Forget the daffodils, Carolyn!" I said - almost with relief. "The road is invisible in the clouds and fog, and there is nothing in the world that I would rather see than you and these children."

My daughter smiled calmly and with a touch of condescension and...

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