Sunflowers are amazing! Especially when one comes upon a whole field of them! This field is located in the Loire Valley of France. And I’ll go ahead and say it, “we are outstanding in our field!”
It is commonly thought that this flower turns its head to follow the sun’s trek across the sky. In fact the word for “sunflower” in French is “tournesol.” The idea of turning to the sun is right there contained in the word. The spiritual truth is obvious. Like the sunflower, we as believers want to be gazing at the Son, following Him. David in Psalms 27:4 asked the Lord for just one thing, to be able to gaze upon His beauty.
I am so often distracted from having the same priority as that of David. There are plenty of things and activities in my life that are important and to me have lots of worth. But I am basically a selfish and headstrong person. My head and heart quickly get turned around to be all about me, me, me. Deep down I agree with Paul in Phil. 2:8 that everything is rubbish compared to the surpassing greatness of knowing Christ. So why then do I turn my gaze away from His beauty? When I do, I cease to grow and thrive. Like the sunflower, my head becomes bowed down when turned away from the Son. Not only do I miss His beauty but I become less beautiful myself.
I love this old hymn, “Turn your eyes upon Jesus. Look full in His wonderful face. And the things of earth will grow strangely dim, in the light of His glory and grace.” Turn me, Lord, to You.