“Mommy! Look over there! Look at all those flowers!” My little guy exclaimed.
As I looked to my left carefully (since I was driving) there was a sea of yellow sunflowers shining brightly in a green pasture. They were strikingly beautiful! The sea of sunflowers kept my gaze until we completely drove passed it.
I have always enjoyed the unique beauty of a sunflower. So many attributes of the sunflower are eye-catching. But, when there is a sea of sunflowers it can be difficult to see each flower individually and unique. Likewise, there are so many humans on this earth it can feel like we are not unique and no one notices us.
No matter how ordinary you may feel- YOU ARE NOT, YOU ARE EXTRAORDINARY!
The Maker of the Universe crafted the sunflower with such intricacy. Imagine how much MORE He crafted you to be who you are today – inside and out! We know this because Ephesians 2:10 says,
“For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago.”
Even one sunflower holds such beauty that you can linger just looking at its loveliness.
In a sea of sunflowers will you stand strong?
How do we stand strong?
Let us look at the example of the sunflower because it shows us exactly what they do to stand tall and strong.
My thoughts about the sunflower were confirmed by the Lord when I read this article here. Part of it states,
“the stems of all actively growing sunflower parts – flowers and leaves – grow to face the sun in order to maximize photosynthesis.”
Did you know that a fully bloomed sunflower looks toward the sun and stays focused on the sun throughout the day? And they actually unwind after the sun sets and waits for the sun to rise again. In order for them to grow strong and tall they MUST follow the sun. They move with the sun, so the stem of the sunflower and the face of the sunflower does not stay put, they look high into the sky and gaze upon the sun.
Just as the sunflower looks at the sun, we should gaze and stay focused upon the one and only SON- Jesus Christ.
As we look to the Maker of Heaven and earth His light shines upon us. To grow in the Lord we need to gaze upon His beauty. Just as His creation glorifies Him and looks to the sky, we need to look up to the Heavens.
“I lift up my eyes to the mountains– where does my help come from? My help comes from the LORD, the Maker of heaven and earth.” – Psalm 121:1-2
We need to look above and fix our eyes on the Jesus.
“fixing our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of faith, who for the joy set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.” – Hebrews 12:2
What a challenge it can be to stay focused on the SON all day long!
Early in the morning will you rise and look at the Son?
Will you then fix your eyes on Him and follow Jesus throughout the day?
Will you follow the SON at all cost?
In order for us to do what we have been created to do- we must follow the SON – Jesus Christ.
Here is the KEY: for us to follow the Son, our roots must go down deep into the good soil- the Bible, His Love, His grace, His forgiveness, and His Mercy.
Every time a storm comes, will the wind knock you down? Will you get back up no matter how many storms come your way? Only mature sunflowers (or full grown sunflowers) follow the sun consistently. If the sunflower is not strong it won’t follow the sun and they will look downcast, and bent over. It is actually a sad sight to look upon in a sea of sunflowers. I have been like that sunflower, too weak to look upon the sun, but no more my friend!
Today I am going to STAND strong in the storms of this life.
Will you gaze upon the Son with me?
Will you follow the Son daily?
Let us STAND STRONG in a sea of sunflowers together!
Join me? I am praying for you friend!
As a reminder for us to Stand Strong like a Sunflower, I am giving you 2 FREE Printables you can print and keep for your own. In college, I took a watercolor class and was inspired to paint this sunflower.
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For more research on sunflower research go here.