As I was going out to my garden this morning, I happened to look in an obscure area underneath our hydrangeas. I saw a sweet, bright sunflower blooming there. I smiled and shook my head, amused by the little chipmunks who love to sneak seed from our bird feeders and bury it for the future. They must not realize that their provisions for the cooler weather often become extra beauty for our garden. It made me curious though, because this area gets little sun, so I took a closer look.
Upon further investigation, I saw a long green stem running across the ground. It wasn’t from our violets or our jessamine, which reign supreme in this part of the garden, and it wasn’t a weed. Then suddenly I realized, it was the stem of this cheerful little sunflower.
A little chipmunk had buried a seed under our porch steps, an area with no sun, and this determined little flower had crawled several feet, working its way through the darkness and obstacles, until it could find the sunshine. From there it grew straight up and bloomed. What a lesson God had for me in the garden this morning!
“And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to Him must believe that He exists and that He rewards those who earnestly seek Him.” Hebrews 11:6.
I desire to live a life that pleases God. He just wants me to have faith and to live that out by believing He exists and is a rewarder of those who seek Him. As I have faith and earnestly seek Him through the difficulties and challenges of life, I will find His life giving Presence. There I will reach towards Him and not away from Him towards other people or pleasures of this world. It is then that I will bloom cheerfully in the place He has planted me.
This sunflower believed there was light when there was only shadow and darkness. Instead of giving up and withering away, it crawled until it found the sun. At that point, it reached towards this source of life and then it blossomed, becoming all God created it to be and an example for me.