I love St. Patrick’s Day! It’s a grand day of celebration for parades, shamrocks, Irish food and music, and wearing that lovely color – emerald green! As a little girl, I remember someone telling me about the Irish 4-leaf clover, an uncommon variation of the common 3-leaf clover. According to legend, the first leaf represents hope, the second faith, the third love, and the fourth is for luck. According to tradition, finding this fourth leaf will bring good luck. So do you think that might be true?
So many people seem to be searching for that one thing that will bring the results they desire for their life. Is your one thing love? Is it money? Success? Pleasure? Fun? I can’t help but think that we humans will always look to that leprechan’s pot of gold and fabled Irish luck to validate ourselves in an attempt to find true fulfillment. The sad thing is – even if we gain the whole world and all it has to offer, it will never bring joy and lasting peace.
If the truth be told, it’s the common 3-leaf old white clover that is the real symbol of Ireland. This plant, known as the shamrock, was used by St. Patrick used to explain the trinity – the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.
“yet for us there is but one God, the Father, from whom all things came and for whom we live; and there is but one Lord, Jesus Christ, through whom all things came and through whom we live.” 1 Corinthians 8:6
Surely we should never trust our life to what we can attain and the luck to bring it to pass! Let’s return to the basics – to know Him. to love Him and to serve Him. It’s about the two greatest commandments – loving God and loving your neighbor as yourself. I know that can be difficult, but it sure is worth it. Like sowing good seeds in your life, it will allow you to reap the true blessings of God.
So this St. Patrick’s day, what are you in search of? Like this common 3-leaf clover that grows abundantly, there’s enough of Him to go around for all of us. Perhaps you can even find it in your own backyard?