This summer there was a strange sight in our backyard – there was a beautiful yellow sunflower growing out of our septic tank! Just that one lone flower. It made me think; isn’t that a lovely picture of what we can do in life? It tells of bravery and courage to stand alone, and in such unpleasant circumstances. The entire summer I watched the flower grow. Every day, it courageously followed the sun with its head. If it wouldn’t have kept its ‘eyes’ on the sun, it would have withered and died, more than likely.
Is that not how we should be too? Life can be difficult and we may be put into various unpleasant situations, and we alone are the only one who has courage to stand up and let our beauty shine, all alone. We could not do this if we did not constantly keep our eyes upon Jesus. As we look upon Jesus all through life, and follow his every move, we begin to not care what goes on around us. We gather strength to face the world with no one but God to look to.
If that sunflower would have the ability to think, it would have had every reason to think degrading, depressing thoughts about itself. What flower would choose to live all alone, growing out of the cement lid of a septic tank? But that flower was a blessing to me. It encouraged me to continue standing for God, even when I seem to be all alone with no friends to back me up in support. That one flower made a little difference in my life – and you, even though you feel alone and feel like you’re in some very ‘septic-like situation,’ if you keep looking to Jesus for answer and follow His will, you WILL be a blessing to someone. You will make a difference. Just keep your eyes on Jesus.
December 6, 2006
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I love titles, especially the seemingly "out of place" ones, like this one. To me it shows that the writer has given more than just a little thought to the whole writing. I liked the comparison, the parable of your work, but I get a very strong impression that the imagery you envision seldom makes it onto the written page; like there is a very creative person in there but you won't let them out. There seems to be an author that gets as close to "the line" as possible but doesn't cross it. If I may, learn to "show" and then "tell" and I can believe that your gift of imagery will blossom for more of us to enjoy the garden of insights He has given you. You see them clearly and we need you to stretch yourself out so we can see those things as clearly as you do, as far as that is possible. In short; I like your style even though the glances into your heart are few.