We harvested sunflower seeds this week. *Everyone in our family loves sunflowers. There’s just something about that long, powerful stalk and the huge seed-filled disk with bright yellow petals. It clearly enchants all of us.
And – being a home-school family -- there’s both the scientific and spiritual correlation that captivates me as well:
Sunflowers demonstrate phototropism, the ability to rotate their head so that the face of the flower always faces the sun even though the angle of the sun’s rays on the flower constantly change. That means that the face of the flower faces east as the sun rises, and follows the sun across the sky so that at sunset it is facing west.
By its very existence, God is praised!
As a Christian, I can only liken this process to Christians following the Son of God and the responsibility to see my own life and the life of my family -- as well as to envision the entire Body of Christ -- as a field of beautiful, hardy sunflowers.
Spiritually speaking, our ultimate purpose in life is “His good pleasure.” Our lives as Christians are to be lived for God’s greater glory – not our own selfish desires.
Again . . . think about the giant sunflower. . .
. . . it has a long, strong stalk and when it blooms, it’s huge, it has edible seeds, it’s beautiful to look at, and basically, this flower is completely useful. Shouldn’t this be our desire as Christians? – to be useful to God wherever He puts us?
I am thankful today. . .
► Thankful that God’s Gift of salvation reached me at an early age.
► Thankful for the incredible godly example of my parents who continue to live their faith and influence their grandchildren.
► Thankful for the nudging of the Holy Spirit that opened my heart to use my Spiritual Gifts without timidity.
► Thankful for the many instructors along my path: wise pastors, spiritually grounded youth leaders, discerning Sunday School teachers, Christian college and graduate school professors who faithfully taught God’s Word right along with academic subjects. . . . because without a Creator, there’d be nothing to study or teach or learn.
► Thankful – finally -- for friends who share both a delight and gratitude for God’s Great Creation! Including – of course – sunflowers!
. . . thankful too for my cookie sheet, 100% Natural PAM Olive Oil Spray®, Lawry's Seasoning Salt® and a 200° oven. Without which, the sunflowers would just be soggy little kernels suitable for little more than a winter supplement for . . . goats. We do not raise goats. Yet.
- Esthermay Bentley-Goossen
© 2008 The Heart of a Pastor's Wife
* See Shepard's inspired exposé on Sunflowers HERE.