Facets & Stages

This sunflower was one of the “chosen” ones that I planted to replace the Zinnias that got devoured this year. I might do a follow up post on the rest of the sunflowers maybe tomorrow. As I was watering my plants today, I found one that was already budding but was attacked and completely severed. One was also toppled down by the wind but all it needed was to be stood upright and planted firmly back in the soil.

I just love the cheery brightness of this flower (same one on top). It was taken early in the morning.

And of course, this was how it looked before it fully bloomed.

God does the same thing with us. He takes care of us and watches us grow (or stay stunted) in our faith. He knows every facet/detail and the things that are inevitable that we must go through which require endurance in our faith walk,

“and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us…”

Hebrews 12:1b

The Christian walk is full of ups and downs (John 16:33) and David and many others in Scripture is an example to us all. What matters to God is a heart that desires to do His will. This imperfect heart (Jeremiah 17:9, Matthew 15:9) while in this corrupt body will never attain perfection apart from God, otherwise there would be no need for Jesus’ atonement.

What matters is that when we find ourselves knocked down, like a boxer in the ring, we take the punches but we will have the determination to get back up, not on our own strength but through the Holy Spirit who spurs us to fight whatever the enemy hurls our way.

If you have truly given your life to Christ, you are a sunflower or should I say the Son follower. Look up and follow where the light leads you.

“When Jesus spoke again to the people, he said, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.”

John 8:12