One of the most beautiful sights is an entire field of sunflowers following the sun. We can become our most beautiful when we follow the Son of God.
Why sunflowers follow the sun
The gardentrivia.com website explains the phenomena of sunflowers, “Young sunflowers do follow the sun, their yellow blossoms pivoting to track the golden star on its orbit from morning to night. Once the sun sets in the West, the sunflower slowly turns its head back to the East during the night and waits for the sun to rise again. Once the sunflower matures, it stops following the sun and is content to just soak up the rays as they fall. Fully developed blossoms usually stop and stay in an east facing direction.”
This is a wonderful metaphor of the Christian following Christ. As a young Christian, we follow Him closely through consistent learning. As we mature, we become more confident in our knowledge and accept His promises as they fall into our lives.
Matthew Henry, a gifted theologian from the late 1600s wrote, “The flower of youth never appears more beautiful than when it bends toward the sun of righteousness.” Just as a sunflower relies on the sun for growth, we too have the Light of the World, in Christ Jesus, to help us mature in beauty.
Jesus said in John 12:46, “I have come as a Light to shine in this dark world, so that all who put their trust in me will no longer wander in the darkness.”
1 John 2:8 in the Living Bible says, “Yet it is always new, and works for you just as it did for Christ; and as we obey this commandment, to love one another, the darkness in our lives disappears and the new light of life in Christ shines in.”
James 1:17, “But whatever is good and perfect comes to us from God, the Creator of all light, and he shines forever without change or shadow.”