When I was a kid, one of my favorite snacks was sunflower seeds. I’d crack open the shells with my teeth and maneuver them around in my mouth until I got the prized seed. I liked the salted kind the best, even though my tongue felt like it had swollen twice its size after eating too many!
I still prefer unshelled sunflower seeds because I like having to “work” for the tasty little seed. But, a few years ago, my dentist noticed a bit of damage on my front teeth from cracking open the shells. So, now I get the shelled seeds and sprinkle them on salads or mix them in yogurt.
I’ve always loved sunflowers, and obviously enjoyed eating the seeds, but I’d never planted them. So, you can imagine my surprise when three sunflowers appeared in my flower beds.
When they first sprouted, I thought they were weeds. But a friend told me they were sunflowers! She said a bird must have carried the seeds from my neighbor’s sunflowers and dropped them in my garden beds.
I anxiously waited as they grew and grew. Then, the day finally came when they bloomed and their happy yellow faces tilted up towards God.
There’s just something special about sunflowers. Maybe it’s the way the really tall ones can become like flower trees with thick stalks and a huge flower. Maybe it’s the way they tilt their faces heavenwards and follow the sun as it moves across the sky.
We can learn a lot from sunflowers. As we look up and fix our eyes on Jesus, following the Son throughout the day, we become Son followers. Then, like the sunflowers, we can drop our seeds of faith so they’ll bloom into more Son followers.
Like my surprise sunflowers, who knows how far that seed of faith will be carried and then dropped at the perfect time and place in the fertile soil of someone’s life.
Keep lookin’ up and plantin’ seeds!
“Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith…”
– Hebrews 12:2 (NIV)