Significance of the Four Leaf Clover
By Brenda Epperson-Moore
There is much folklore and debate on the significance of the shamrock (3 leaf clover) and the infamous four-leaf clover. The shamrock is the national flower of Ireland, and according to legend, St. Patrick used it to describe the Holy Trinity of God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit. Three distinctive leafs, but united to make up one flower.
The four-leaf clover is said to bring luck, because of the rarity in which they are found. Many reflect on the different representations such as one theory that states one leaf is for faith, one leaf is for hope, one leaf is for love, and one leaf is for luck. Another theory, which is one of my favorites where the three leaves represent the Holy Trinity from the shamrock, but the fourth leaf is representative of someone who becomes one with God…and new life is breathed into them.
My father died in a car crash when I was a little girl…and you guessed it…on St. Patrick’s Day. After that whether intentional or not, I never owned another piece of green clothing again. Until I realized the color green was also representative of life, renewal, nature and basically all things beautiful. We also know the color green can be representative of money, pride, greed, envy, and jealousy.
God says clearly in the bible “See, I set before you today life and prosperity, death and destruction,” Deuteronomy 30:15 (NIV) Choose life. Even though my father died, as hard as it was, I decided to choose life even though a small part of me did die that day. I believe with all my heart God wants us to choose life. Life in all the decisions we make. Just like the color green represents life, what change can we make today that will breathe life into our hearts, minds, homes, and circumstances? “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me,” Philippians 4:13.