Sunflowers have been sitting in a vase on our kitchen table for a few days now and they've brought joy to me. Everything about sunflowers is so... happy and carefree - it seems. First off, let's state the obvious: they are yellow. Yellow is a happy color. I mean doesn't it just make you think of sunshine and emojis? Secondly the name itself includes the word SUN, which symbolizes life, happiness, summer and all that fun stuff. Thirdly if you've ever planted sunflowers or have been to a sunflower field you've likely noticed how tall, radiant, confident and somehow carefree flowers they seem to be.
But actually there is a deeper lesson to be learned from sunflowers, which you may have also noticed if you've planted some yourself before; They turn to the sun. "Keep your face to the sunshine and you cannot see the shadows. It's what the sunflowers do," said Helen Keller, who by the way writes beautifully, I recommend reading her stuff.
"I want to be like a sunflower. So that even on the darkest days I will stand tall and find the sunlight." -M.K.
I love life and living, but I've had my share of worries, woes and hurt. But these flowers were a reminder to me. It's not about naturally being a person who is 100 % sunshine and happiness (I doubt anyone is 100 % of the time) nor is about your circumstances. It's about choosing to focus on the good even amidst the bad.
For me personally there was also another message. Even more important for me is not just focusing on the good, but focusing on God. Not only turning my face to the sun, but turning to the Son. Wow. Love that.
Because that is what has consoled me during the most trying times. My circumstances are still the same, yet my eyes are fixed on the eternal and good promises I have been given. I don't know what you believe in, but for me what it reassures me of is that I am loved, wanted, adored, precious and part of a bigger plan. That in fact there is a plan. That I am safe and secure and I do not need to fear. That there is hope even when I feel all hope is lost, and that I am never alone. And I can begin again - every day. Those are the truths I choose to meditate on.
Just as the sunflower chooses to turn to the sun instead of being consumed by the shadows.
Have a great Monday tomorrow!