The more I learn about sunflowers, the more I become aware that God is so apparent in the details. The traditional image we have of the sunflower–a large single flower crowning a tall stem–is not 100 percent accurate. What we consider to be the yellow petals of the flower are actually leaves which serve the purpose of protection for the brown center of the plant where the true flowers are located–an aggregation of up to 1,000 flowers referred to as florets which are arranged in a spiral pattern. The picture to your left gives you a close up view.
Can we be at peace living for God, doing His will while being a part of the brown center which is usually not the focus of the plant but where its purpose is lived out, that of producing fruit? If God’s purpose for you is a quiet, behind the scenes pursuit of reaching others, could you be content with that, living and working for an audience of one, the One, without the accolades and recognition that the “bright yellow” leaves acquire. Let me assure you that little is much if God is in it and your reward is not found here on earth but in heaven when He says to you, “Well done, my good and faithful servant.” (Matthew 24:21) Never hesitate to be used by God in the most obscure of opportunities. So what if you do not gain the world’s recognition. You have most certainly gained heaven’s applause. What else really matters! Mother Teresa said this, “Don’t look for big things. Just do small things with great love.” There is most definitely a lesson about pride to be learned in all of this. Remember, how beautiful and precious you are in His sight. To God Be the Glory!
*Pictured in the field of sunflowers are my all grown up children!