Find God in a Sunflower

By Dianne Neal Matthews:

Finding God in a Sunflower

Finding God in a Sunflower: Image by Dianne Neal Matthews

A simple sunflower can teach us how to find God and help us keep our focus after we come to know Him.

 

When I go for my walk each morning, I look forward to passing by the undeveloped patches of land around our subdivision. Among the dry-looking weeds and chunks of broken concrete are a few stalks of thistle with purple blooms, an occasional patch of ground cover with tiny white blooms, and wild sunflowers.

I’m always struck by how these scattered sunflowers are standing up straight and tall and pointing in the same direction: toward the early morning sun rising over the mountains in the east. I always feel as though the flowers are reminding me of a basic spiritual truth:

You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart. (Jeremiah 29:13, NIV)

In the Old Testament, God promised that He would be found by those who seek Him wholeheartedly. Later, Jesus explained,

“I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me” (John 14:6).

We may look for God in all sorts of places, but we’ll only find Him when we look to the Son and accept the sacrifice He made on our behalf to pay the penalty for our sins.

Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. (Hebrews 12:2)

Even after we enter into a personal relationship with God, it’s important to keep our gaze on Jesus. If we focus solely on our circumstances, we can get discouraged. If we keep looking backward on past mistakes and failures, we’ll be paralyzed by guilt and regret.

But if we keep our eyes fixed on Jesus, we’ll remember that He has already blessed us with all we need to live a life of peace, purpose, and joy. As wild sunflowers show us, the best way to have a good day is to always make sure you’re following the Son.

 © Dianne Neal Matthews. Dianne is a freelance writer and the author of four daily devotional books including Designed for Devotion: A 365-Day Journey from Genesis to Revelation. Visit her at her website, on Facebook, or on Twitter.

Find God in a sunflower as you view these fun time-lapse video clips showing sunflowers moving with the sun:

 

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