With each trip to the sunflower field, this picture is consistently repeated. With an overall look at the field, there will always be a sunflower head here and there that towers above the rest, seemingly more eager to soak up the greatest amounts sun. Or maybe that particular flower is an over achiever. Perhaps, it refuses to follow the crowd and go along with all the others. Who knew a flower had such powers of choice?! Just roll with me here for a bit!
Now of all the options listed above, here is my interpretation of the most towering of all sunflowers when viewed in a walk with Christ. Those guys are not satisfied to be like the rest of the flowers in the field and simply blend in. However, they are not standing above the rest just to be noticed. Though this field is filled with somewhat identical looking flowers all given their name because their color, appearance and growth pattern are linked to the sun, I like to view this scenario with the S O N, Son, in mind.
The Christian equivalent to what this flower personifies to me is someone who will not define their Christian walk by Sunday visits to church alone. He or she is not satisfied to walk unnoticed in a crowd and not intimidated by the obvious difference in demeanor. This person has a single focus, unimpeded by other’s opinions and judgments. That focus is not selfish or self promoting. The direction followed leads directly toward the Son, God’s Son, with the hope that others will see and follow the same path which leads to Jesus. This person exhibits the love, the peace, the joy, the beauty that a Christ-centered life reflects. He stands tall; she displays grace.
Who knew a sunflower could say so much just standing there reaching toward the sun? Do you know how much you could say, the lives you could influence all in the name of Jesus as you reach up to God’s Son. Make a difference in the field in which you stand today. You never know who may be watching, looking for answers, searching for Jesus. Hopefully, they will have no trouble finding you where you stand. To God Be the Glory!
“Be on your guard; stand firm in the faith; be courageous; be strong. Do everything in love.” (1 Corinthians 16:13-14)