Turn Your Eyes To Jesus

This past week, we visited Dix Park in Raleigh, NC, and found that it was filled with fields of sunflowers- all facing in the same direction; and, because they have large “faces” it was hard to miss their unity in turning toward the sun. Inspired by these remarkable flowers, I researched and discovered that young sunflowers track the sun during the day, but reorient during the night in anticipation of the dawn. Even more astounding, they continue to track the sun whether the day is rainy or cloudy.

The spiritual application from observance of these sunflowers is remarkable…Isaiah 32:2 states, “O Lord, be gracious to us; we have waited for you. Be [our] strength every morning.” Psalm 5:3 says, “In the morning, you will hear my voice.” Lastly, Hebrews 12:2 teaches that we are to run the race of life set before us, “looking to Jesus, the Author and Finisher of our faith.” Jesus and King David as well others in biblical accounts rose early in the morning to commune with the Father. Furthermore, if we can learn from observing the little ant (see Proverbs 6:6), it stands to reason these humble flowers have a lesson to teach:

Undoubtedly there are times when believers’ souls are weary and troubled, and the darkness of night can further increase anxiety and fear. However, like the sunflower, we can confidently anticipate the dawn, when God promises that His fresh mercies and compassion are awaiting us (Lamentations 3:22-23 ). And, just as the sunflower continues to follow the sun whether the day is rainy or cloudy, so we can remain faithful to turn our eyes to Jesus despite the stormy trials that surround us.