Praise the LORD, O my soul; all my inmost being, praise his holy name. Praise the LORD, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits—who forgives all your sins and heals all your diseases, who redeems your life from the pit and crowns you with love and compassion, who satisfies your desires with good things so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s. The LORD works righteousness and justice for all the oppressed. Psalm 103:1-6, NIV.
My daughter decided to plant sunflowers in our garden. Friends of ours had sunflowers that stood tall and straight—towering over their garden of beautiful vegetables and plants. The sunflowers gave the birds all the food they wanted, and helped protect the growing veggies from being assaulted as they grew. We thought the sunflowers would help our garden the same way, so our friends shared some seeds with us, and we planted a row of them. And, yes, did they grow! They grew three feet, then four, then five until they stood six feet tall, with large yellow heads and strong, green stems. The sunflowers soon stood guard over our garden. I watched them. I was fascinated by their presence. Early in the mornings, their heads would droop toward the ground, but as the sun came up, they lifted their heads up and followed the sun’s rays all day; every day. Only at night did their heads droop again, as if resting, getting ready for tomorrow’s adventure of following the sun.
Our faces should lift to the Son—Jesus. Each morning, we should shed our sleepiness, and even our thoughts of hopelessness or despair, and our faces should follow the Son. Each day, we should find joy in knowing we have a Son to follow—the One who is guiding our way. We should see our spiritual journey as an adventure—a daily opportunity to reach for the sky and catch the rays of pleasantness that shine down from our Redeemer’s loving face. Each day, we should be grateful that we follow the Son—to know Him in such a personal and intimate way, and not to forget all His benefits and blessings toward us. Each night, we can lay our heads on our pillows, knowing that tomorrow will be another adventure into His grace and goodness!
Thought provoker: Does your face lift to the Son—your Redeemer—each morning? Do you follow His loving direction throughout the day? Do you see your spiritual journey as an adventure? Take some time to think about what the Son is asking of you and then decide to lift your face to His direction and follow it—one day at a time.
Lord, thank You for the sunflowers that lift their heads to the sun. Help me to lift my head to You, the Son of God, and to know that You will fill my life with good things as I move forward in Your love! Help me to be a Son-follower today. Amen.